now killing each other. Rather than facing the developmental challenges confronting us, we are spending our scarce resources killing our children and inflicting unspeakable horrors and unimaginable hardship on our brothers and sisters.
“That is truly a tragedy and it must stop. Enough is Enough! Within the framework of the African Union, we have to, as a matter of urgency, reach a consensus on how to silence the guns. Not by 2020, but now. Why must we wait? We must say ‘NO’ to wars and conflicts on our continent”.
Buhari specifically urged the AU leaders to engage decisively with the people and governments of South Sudan and Burundi in order to quickly end the conflicts in both countries.
Assuring of his administration’s determination to defeat terrorism and end the war against the Boko Haram insurgency, he said through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Nigeria would continue to partner with other member states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic.
Earlier while fielding questions from journalists in Addis Ababa, United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki Moon said the UN’S partnership with the AU on conflict prevention and resolution as well as countering violent extremism was critical. — allafrica.com ABIDJAN — International donors have failed to deliver $1.9billion in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11 000 people and decimated already weak healthcare systems, the Uk-based charity Oxfam has said.
The remaining $3.9bn pledged has been difficult to track because of “scant information” and a lack of transparency, the group said.
“We’re finding it hard to understand which donors have given what money, to whom and for what purpose,” said Aboubacry Tall, Oxfam’s regional director for West Africa.
Oxfam called on donors and the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — the three hardest-hit countries - to provide detailed information on how aid is being provided.more than $5bn was pledged by the international community as part of a special International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York last July. At least $1.9bn of that “still has not been allocated to a specific country in a pledge statement let alone through more firm commitments to specific recovery programmes”.
Originating in Guinea more than two years ago, the Ebola outbreak left about 23 000 children without at least one of their parents or caregivers, while about 17 000 survivors are trying to resume their lives despite battling mysterious, lingering side effects.
Meanwhile, the disease has not been stamped out entirely. Though the WHO declared an end to virus transmission throughout the region on January 14, the next day officials in Sierra Leone reported a new fatality and a second person has since tested positive.
The WHO said it had anticipated there would still be flare-ups before Ebola was truly over. However, Oxfam said the slow response to recent flare-ups in both Sierra Leone and Liberia show they are still not able to deal effectively with new cases.