The Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed IbnChambas, has emphasized the need for regional partnership and collaboration among key stakeholders to address emerging security threats bedevilling the Sahel region and Africa byextension.
He made the appeal during a graduation lecture organized by the Nigerian Army War College for participants of the College’s Course 3/2019, in Abuja.
Chambas, who spoke on Emerging Non-Traditional Threats in the Sahel and Implications for National Security,said the killing of Libya’s Muhammar Gaddafi and the subsequent breakdown of law and order in the North African country, has been the major contributors to the instability plaguing the larger part of the Sahara region.
He added that the flow of weapons from looted Libyan military stockpiles into the surrounding countries have galvanized existing political oppositions, separatist movements, transnational militant groups, and human trafficking, among other security challenges.
The Chief of Army Staff,Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, described the giant strides of the COAS and the War College as a positive force multiplier in the search for global peace and security.