The Address | Benghazi – Libya
NIGERIA – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that the deterioration of the security of African countries was caused by the Libyan weapons in 2011 that found their way into the hands of terrorists and criminals.
Buhari’s statements came in a statement made by his spokesman, Jarba Sheikho, on Tuesday evening, in response to the killing of more than 100 people by militants in a border town between Niger and Mali.
The Nigerian president condemned the incident, saying: It is another clear call for unified action by African leaders against terrorism, noting that the destabilization of Libya in 2011 had dire effects on the security of other African countries, including Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and others.
The Nigerian president added that the looting of Libyan weapons in the wake of the fall of Gaddafi led to the placing of dangerous weapons in the hands of terrorists and other criminals who now pose security challenges to other countries, he said.
Buhari stressed that the region faces serious security challenges in light of a fierce campaign by terrorists in the Sahel region to carry out indiscriminate violence, indicating that this requires taking unified action to help defeat the “enemies of humanity.”
Niger, one of the countries in the Sahel region, is undergoing increased attacks by terrorists linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS, which have killed hundreds of civilians, especially in border areas.