President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged Nigeria’s continued support for Libya’s quest to regain political and security stability.
Buhari spoke during a bilateral meeting with the Head of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, on the margins of the African Union Summit in Niamey, Niger Republic, on Sunday.
He noted that there were over 6,000 Nigerians in Libya, who see Libya as a gateway to Europe.
“We will do our best to help Libya stabilize”, he said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina
The President also discussed recent developments in the North African country, as well as bilateral issues between Nigeria and Libya with Mr. Al-Sarraj.
Buhari said the humanitarian crisis arising from insurgency and drying up of Lake Chad, which has affected over 30 million people who depended on the Lake for farming, fishing and animal husbandry, and has forced some Nigerians to defy the desert to make perilous journeys across the Mediterranean and the Sahara Desert to Europe.
Also, in a separate audience with UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, President Buhari stressed the role the international community needs to play in recharging the Lake, noting that the financial cost was beyond the affected countries.
He decried the menace of terrorism in the Sahel countries, saying the instability in Libya has been a negative force on the Sahel.
Al-Sarraj told Buhari that there had been a lot of deaths and injuries in his country. He, however, pledged that his government was determined to end the situation.
“The aggression must stop. The solution is not military alone, we also believe in diplomacy. We are also victims of terrorism, just like Nigeria,” he said.
He said Libya contributed a lot to the establishment and survival of the AU, adding that it was now time for Africa to reciprocate.
Ms. Mohammed told the President that growing security challenges in Africa were adversely affecting development and undermining the attainment of Sustaining Development Goals (SDGs).
According to her, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will host the SDGs Summit during the high-level week of the 74th Session of the General Assembly in September, and will use the occasion to call for a road map for a decade of delivery of the sustainable development targets.