Buhari blames Muammar Gaddafi’s henchmen for creating instability in Sahel region.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday blamed the instability in Libya after 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi’s reign that is now affecting the Sahel region on the former leader’s henchmen.
The President said the former Libyan strongman had recruited gunmen, ” who learnt to do nothing else than to kill. When the former Libyan Leader was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms, and are wreaking havoc all over the place now,”
The President who stated this at the State House, Abuja, Tuesday, while receiving a Special Envoy from President Idris Deby Itno of Chad, however, assured Chad that Nigeria appreciates the support she was getting in tackling insecurity from the neighbouring country.
He also assured that Nigeria will always support the Republic of Chad, against the destabilizing activities of Libyan gun men
” We are not only neighbours but brothers,” President Muhammadu Buhari said as he pledged to assist the country
“We are aware of the problem Chad has with Libya, which supports some Chadian rebels, trying to destabilize the country.
“The instability in Libya after 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi affects all of us in the Sahel region. From Mauritania to Central Africa Republic, Gaddafi recruited gunmen, who learnt to do nothing else than to kill. When the former Libyan Leader was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms, and are wreaking havoc all over the place now,”
Buhari stressed that Nigeria was grateful to Chad for the diverse kinds of support given to combat the Boko Haram insurgency and assured that Nigeria would always back up Chad in its local and international aspirations.
The Special Envoy, Amine Abba-Sidick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Chadians Abroad, conveyed a message from his President, whom he said sent fraternal greetings to President Buhari and Nigerians in general.