President Muhammadu Buhari has described the quest of African youths to seek greener pastures abroad through illegal means as an embarrassment to African leaders.
Speaking on Sunday during the opening session of the 25th assembly of heads of state and government of the African Union in Johannesburg, South Africa, Buhari appealed to his counterparts across the continent to work towards sustaining economic growth in their respective countries.
“The images in the international mass media of African youths getting drowned in the Mediterranean sea on their illegal attempts, and often times illusory hope of attaining better life in Europe is not only an embarrassment to us as leaders, but dehumanises our persons,” he said. “
Indeed, they combine to paint a very unfavourable picture of our people and countries. Those of us gathered here today owe it as a duty to reverse this ugly trend.
We must put an end to the so-called push factors that compel our young men and women to throw caution to the winds and risk life, limbs and all, on this dangerous adventure. “We must redouble our efforts to sustain the economic development of our countries, ensure empowerment of our youths, create more jobs, improve and upgrade our infrastructure, and above all continue the enthronement of a regime of democracy, good governance and respect for human rights and rule of law. These and other measures that engender peace and stability must be pursued relentlessly.”
Buhari said the continent was experiencing a myriad of challenges.
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