President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the Boko Haram threat in Nigeria is a result of Libyan instability.
Buhari made the comment while asking West African and Sahelian countries to work together to combat instability.
Mr Mahamat Saleh Annadif, a Chadian, was welcomed as the new Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) at the State House on Tuesday.
A statement forwarded to DAILY POST quoted the president as saying: “You are our neighbour. You have vast experience on matters affecting the Sahel, having served for five years in Mali. I hope you will get the countries to work together to confront the issues affecting them.”
“Boko Haram has exacted a terrible toll in terms of lives and resources on Nigeria and other neighboring countries,” Buhari said, adding that “Mali also has a significant swath of the country controlled by militants.”
He added: “I hope under the auspices of UNOWAS, you will help get the problems sorted out. Most of them have to do with the instability in Libya, and it affects all of us.”
Buhari pledged Nigeria’s assistance for the Special Representative in order to enable him complete his mission.
Mr Annadif, for one, said he was travelling soon after his appointment because he acknowledged Nigeria’s critical position in West Africa.
He claimed he was familiar with the Sahel region’s difficulties and that he would rely on Nigeria’s assistance to succeed.