By Ralph Chris-Izokpu
Professor Aja Akpru-Aja of policy, defence and strategic studies, department of Political Science, Abia State University, Uturu, has said that, Nigeria in collaboration with South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and Algeria must forge a closer synergy of leadership responsibilities to strengthen Africa Union AU as a beckon of unity of all people of African descent.
Prof. Akpru-Aja said this in a paper he derived at a conference in Abuja, which was organized by Center of Black and African Arts and Civilization CBAAC, in collaboration with the department of history and diplomatic studies, University of Abuja.
The paper is titled “Pan Africanism, the African Union and continental security and matter arising”
Akpru-Aja noted that, “to save the future generation of Africans of persistent scourge of divisiveness and violent extremism, the AU member states need to embrace strongly the philosophy of Pan-Africanism. It is an invigorating process rather finished products. Noteworthy is that rebirth of Pan-Aficanism in the 21st century is not far from the current “Chinese Dream” which is about unity of purpose, self rejuvenation at home and abroad”
Prof. Akpru-Aja said, “to strengthen the AU as a beckon of unity of all people of African descent, Nigeria in collaboration with South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and Algeria must forge closer synergy of leadership responsibilities. This is particularly true for the principle of non-indifference, financial commitment and mainstreaming of stabilization operations to have leeway in case of violent extremism.
Prof. Akpru-Aja also said, “without embracing the spirit of Pan-Africanism, it will be too difficult for the AU and member states to establish the nexus between Continental security and Continental development process. Adding that, “African states must also realize that they must have to address governance deficit and forge greater synergy against the 21st century global imperialism on the continent. Adding that, “AU should be seen and strengthened as both the tool and hope of all people of African descent, anywhere on the global stage.