TRACKING >President Buhari holds bilateral meeting with Head of Libya’s Government of National Accord Mr Fayez Al-Sarraj at the sidelines of the 12th Extra Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government on 7th July 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Head of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj that Nigeria will continue to support the North Africa country regain political and security stability.
In a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, both leaders met on the margins of the AU Summit in Niamey, Niger Republic, on Sunday, to discuss bilateral issues between Nigeria and Libya.
President Buhari also discussed the humanitarian crisis arising from insurgency and the drying up of Lake Chad, which has affected over 30 million people in the region who depend on the Lake for farming, fishing and animal husbandry.
He also decried the menace of terrorism in the Sahel countries, noting that the instability in Libya has been a negative force on the Sahel.
Mr Al-Sarraj noted that there were over 6000 Nigerians in Libya, who see Libya as a gateway to Europe, and some Nigerians defy the desert to make perilous journeys across the Mediterranean and the Sahara Desert to Europe.
He told the President Buhari that there had been a lot of deaths and injuries in his country, pledging that his government was determined to put an end to the situation.
‘‘The aggression must stop. The solution is not military alone, we also believe in diplomacy. We are also victims of terrorism, just like Nigeria.”
Al-Sarraj declared that Libya contributed a lot to the establishment and survival of the AU, adding that it was now time for Africa to reciprocate.