President Yoweri Museveni is currently in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia for the 4th Tana High-level Forum on security in Africa taking place on the 18th and 19th April 2015.
It is focusing on the theme ‘Secularism and Politicised Faith’.
Opening session yesterday at the Tana Forum, a moment of silence was observed for the victims of Garissa killing in Kenya.
The Tana forum focuses on finding African solutions for Africa’s security challenges.
This year’s meeting is dedicated to addressing the dangers posed by the increased politicization and manipulation of religion at a time many countries in Africa including Kenya are faced with violence perpetrated by criminals who exploit and mask their activities with religion.
While at the 4th Tana High-level Forum on security in Africa in Ethiopia this afternoon, President Museveni advised Africans to avoid extremism based on religion and tribes.
“Rather than concentrating on tribal and religious differences, we should focus on our interests as Africans,” Museveni said.
“Africans should differentiate between identity and interests, your tribe is your identity but your interests are, prosperity, education and economic transformation among others.”
He added: “If emphasis is put on interests rather than tribe and religion, there will be positive results.”
Also in attendance is the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, among others.