President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Wednesday, assured the government of Libya, of great support from Nigeria, .
President Buhari said that whatever affects Libya, will have an impact on Nigeria, as well as other countries in the Lake Chad Basin area.
He stated this after receiving the Chairman, Presidential Council of Libya, Mohammed Younis Menfi, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
His words: “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.”
He stressed that the security of Nigeria is the number one priority to him, noting that, “unless a country or institution is secured, there is no way you can efficiently manage it”.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled: ‘Why Stability Of Libya Matters To Us, By President Buhari’, expressed the delight of President Buhari 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”.
The Presidential Spokesman also quoted Menfi as saying that Libya is fast-evolving, adding that, “we now have one government active on the ground. We are expelling the mercenaries, and unifying the instructions”.
He said that 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”, Menfi said.