“Instability of Libya will directly affect us” – Buhari tells Libyan president

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that instability in Libya has direct impact on Nigeria because the North African nation shares borders with Nigeria’s Lake Chad Basin neighbours, Niger and Chad Republics.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president stated this on Wednesday when he hosted Mohammed Younis Menfi, Chairman, Presidential Council of Libya.

“Republics of Chad, and Niger, have extensive borders with Libya, and they are our immediate neighbours. Whatever affects them affects us. The stability or instability of Libya will directly affect us,” President Buhari said.

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

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President Buhari said he was happy that the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya could personally attend the Summit of Lake Chad Basin Commission held in Abuja on Tuesday, to discuss the situation in Chad, and the implications for security in neighbouring countries.

Mohammed Younis Menfi said 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 democratic elections would be held in due course, 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.

“We aspire for joint cooperation, and reactivation of previous agreements,” Chairman Menfi said.

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