President Muhammadu Buhari says arms and ammunition have continued to flow illegally despite the closure of our land borders.
President Buhari mentioned this on Thursday while receiving the outgoing Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas.
The President stated an unstable Libya will stay an issue for the Sahel area of Africa with the existence of armed guards recruited by the late leader.
President Buhari warned that illegal arms and ammunition will continue to circulate within the Sahel region of the African continent so far as Libya remained unstable.
He stated Muammar Gadaffi held a grip on power in Libya for forty-two years by recruiting armed guards from different nations, who then escaped with their arms when the Libyan strongman was killed.
“They didn’t learn every other skill than to shoot and kill. So, they are an issue everywhere in the Sahel nations at present.
“We closed our land borders right here for more than a year, however, arms and ammunition continued to circulate illegally. So far as Libya stays unstable, so will the issue stay.
“We have to cope with the problems of development, as we can’t play hop, step and jump. However, we’ll eventually overcome those problems.”
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, described Chambas, who spent a few years in Nigeria in different capacities, from ECOWAS to UN, as “more of a Nigerian than the rest.”
He wished him well in his future endeavours.
The outgoing Special Representative thanked the President “for private assist” and “from Nigeria as a country”, including that the nation would proceed to play a management function on the continent.
Chambas, while speaking on terrorism and violent extremism in the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin area, stated Nigeria is playing a yeoman’s role, particularly in giving support to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).