Nigerian president says stability in Libya concerns Nigeria and neighboring countries

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President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday emphasized that a stable or unstable Libya has implications for countries in the Lake Chad Basin area, including Nigeria.

Buhari said in his speech while playing host to Mohammed Younis Menfi, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, that Chad and Niger have extensive borders with Libya, and they are Nigeria’s immediate neighbors.

“Whatever affects them affects us. The stability or instability of Libya will directly affect us,” the Nigerian president said during the reception at the State House in Abuja.

The security of Nigeria, Buhari said, was the number one priority to him, noting that “unless a country or institution is secured, there’s no way you can efficiently manage it”.

Menfi told Buhari that Libya was fast-evolving. “And we now have one government, active on the ground. We are expelling the mercenaries, and unifying the instructions,” he said.

According to Menfi, democratic elections would be held in due course in Libya, adding that the historical relationship between his country and Nigeria in the areas of oil and agriculture meant that one country could not ignore the other.

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