Kagame made the remarks during his speech for the 2021 Africa Day.
“We must put in place good politics. We can’t just switch off conflicts and crises unless we invest in addressing the root causes of these problems,” he said.
“We need to walk the talk. We need to put a sense of urgency in this, we need to be a little bit more serious in doing things. Because we have crises, poverty and more that we have to address.”
Kagame’s call comes as various parts of the continent continue to face conflict, killing many people and forcing millions to flee their homes.
The Rwandan President also challenged Africans to do more individually to contribute to the continent’s efforts to curb such crises.
“I wish we didn’t have to ask the question as to what African leaders are doing to stop the crises going on across the continent. But rather, ask ourselves what we should be doing or should have done to actually prevent them from happening in the first place,” he said.
Kagame also urged African countries to invest in one another to boost the continent’s economic prospects.
The 63-year-old, who has been a vocal champion of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), called on Africans to “do whatever it takes for us to create a stable and sustainable African continent.”
Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25 to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU now the AU) from its creation in May 25, 1963 in the fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as the progress that Africa has made, while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent face in a global environment.