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Peace and security must be nurtured

Apr 16, 2013, 9:24 AM

Peace and security are fundamental in any democratic state, and it is important for every law-abiding citizen to cherish the peace and order in our society.

Today, Africa is confronted with lot of unsettled conflicts, and this has clearly shown that the continent still has a long way to go in achieving peace and security.

Despite the fact that remarkable strides have been made in democratic governance, there are still challenges with respect to peace and security.

The continent continues to stifle movement toward progress in democratic development.

It is now high time for the African Union (AU) and other international bodies to address the issue of peace and security at the highest political level.

The issue should not only be discussed at international meetings and it stops there, but necessary action must be taken by African governments in order to bring peace and stability in our continent.

For Africa to have peace and security, African Union member states should come together to address their individual problems first, try to solve their differences at the continental level, and avoid the interference of some countries who might have a vested interest in their resources. As the adage has it - united we stand, divided we fall.

Unity, therefore, should be maintained for peace and prosperity in the continent to be.

Let us not allow anyone to divide us - the peace and stability of the continent should be our major concern.

We must do away with unnecessary conflicts, and the only way these problems can be tackled is through dialogue.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Mother Teresa