ABUJA (State House Report) – President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged Nigeria’s continued support for Libya’s quest to regain political and security stability.

The President made this pledge to the Head of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, at a bilateral meeting on the margins of the AU Summit in Niamey, Niger Republic, held recently.

President Buhari said the humanitarian crisis arising from insurgency and the drying up of Lake Chad, has affected over 30 million people in the region, who depend on the Lake for farming, fishing and animal husbandry, 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 needed to play in recharging the Lake, noting that the financial cost was beyond the affected countries.

The President decried the menace of terrorism in the Sahel countries, noting that the instability in Libya has been a negative force on the Sahel.

The Head of Libya’s GNA earlier, told the President that there had been a lot of deaths and injuries in his country, pledging however, that his government was determined to put an end to the situation.

On her part, the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN told the President that the growing security challenges in Africa were adversely affecting development and undermining the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She said UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, would host the SDGs Summit during the high-level week of the 74th Session of the General Assembly in September, and will also use the occasion to call for a road map for a decade of delivery of the sustainable development targets.

The Deputy Secretary-General also congratulated President Buhari for signing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement at the AU Summit in Niamey, saying ‘the entire world was waiting for Nigeria.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)