President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday blamed the instability in Libya for the increase in Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria and the Sahel region.
Naija News reports that the president said this while receiving the new Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, a Chadian, at the State House.
According to a statement released to newsmen, Nigeria’s president urged countries in the West African sub-region and the Sahel to team up against insecurity.
“You are our neighbour. You have vast experience on matters affecting the Sahel, having served for five years in Mali,” he said.
I hope you will get the countries to work together to confront the issues affecting them.”
Buhari noted that Boko Haram has exerted a heavy toll in terms of lives and resources on Nigeria and some neighbouring countries, while Mali equally has a large swathe of the country occupied by militants.
“I hope under the auspices of UNOWAS, you will help get the problems sorted out. Most of them have to do with the instability in Libya, and it affects all of us,” he added.
Speaking, Annadif said he was visiting President Buhari shortly after his appointment because he recognized the crucial role of Nigeria in West Africa.
The UN chief said he was familiar with the problems of the Sahel region and would depend on the help of Nigeria to succeed.
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