The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ABUJA – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has accused supporters of late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, of perpetrating “evil acts” in Nigeria.
“The bandits, who escaped from Libya after the death of their leader in 2011 took to terrorism, the brunt of which Nigeria and some other African countries are currently bearing,” Buhari said in a local interview.
Contrary to popular belief that killings in some areas are perpetrated by Nigerian shepherds and terrorists, Buhari is convinced that Gaddafi’s unsavory legacy still haunts Nigeria and other countries.
“The Nigerian shepherds wore nothing but a stick, but today they carry powerful weapons including the AK-47 and people refuse to reflect on the fall of Gaddafi,” Buhari said.
“When the opposition in Libya managed to kill Gaddafi, they arrested some young people and did what they did to them. The others escaped with their orphans and we meet some in the Northeast and they are everywhere and organize attacks, ” Buhari added.
This is not the first time that Buhari has blamed Nigeria’s insecurity on the former Libyan leader, who was murdered more than seven years ago.
In an interview with Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in April, Buhari said Gaddafi’s weapons to his supporters had infiltrated Nigeria where they were used to commit killings in north of the country.
Security is a major issue among Nigerian voters who will be voting for their country’s general election on February 16th. Buhari, who has been in office in the last four years, is running against opposition nominee, Atiku Abubakar.
Buhari told the BBC in 2015 that Boko Haram, the largest terror group operating in Nigeria, was “technically defeated”. However, a research by BBC Monitoring showed that 900 people were killed by the terror group in 2017.