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Libya’s Instability Will Continue To Affect Sahel Region – Buhari

From Rakiya Garba Karaye, Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari has said as far as Libya remains unstable, illegal arms and ammunition will continue to flow in the Sahel region of the African continent.

This was contained in a statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garaba Shehu.

The President spoke on Thursday at State House Abuja, while receiving in farewell audience the outgoing Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

President Buhari said Muammar Gadaffi held a grip on power in Libya for 42 years by recruiting armed guards from different countries, who then escaped with their arms when the Libyan strongman was killed.

President Buhari described Chambas, who spent many years in Nigeria in different capacities, from ECOWAS to UN, as more of a Nigerian than anything else.

On terrorism and violent extremism in the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin area, Chambas said Nigeria was playing a yeomans role, particularly in giving support to the Multinational Joint Task Force.