May 18, 2011, 4:18 PM
We are glad to hear that the 17th African Union summit will open today in
The summit is holding under the theme: Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development. This theme is no doubt of great importance taking into account that one of Africa’s greatest untapped resources is its young people, and the continent should take advantage of the skills and talents of its youth in order to promote sustainable development.
Despite advances in education and economic growth, progress remains fragile, inequalities are widespread and many young Africans face major difficulties in finding decent jobs and participating in decision-making.
As our leaders meet today, we believe they must give more priority and attention to the ongoing conflicts around the continent, and how they can be tackled, during their deliberations.
So much has been written about how to move
Experts have identified challenges that are endemic to the continent. They include poverty, disease, hunger, destitution, war, corruption and leadership crisis.
According to experts, all of these challenges bog down the continent.
However, there is no denying the fact that the Africa of today is not the
Therefore, to a large extent, the long issue of integrating the continent must be taken seriously, as unity is strength.
We urge that as Africans we also stop killing each other and bring to end all wars in the continent for the sake of our people.
In any language,
This is what our leaders should understand, and work together for a united
As Africans, we must learn to realize our right to choose our own leaders, solve our own problems by ourselves, and ensure that elections are a route to peace, not violence.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
President Barack Obama