President Buhari expresses concern over insecurity in Libya

President Buhari expresses concern over insecurity in Libya

- President Muhammadu Buhari tells the African Union that he is concerned about the worsening security condition in Libya

- Buhari says the Libyan conflict continues to have devastating impact on neighbouring countries in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions

- The Nigerian president calls for the African Union to adopt a new approach geared towards resolving the Libyan dispute

President Muhammadu Buhari has raised concerns over what he described as the worsening security and humanitarian situation in Libya.

The Nigerian president raised the concern on Saturday, February 8, at the African Union Peace and Security Council summit on situations in Libya and the Sahel in Addis Ababa, The Guardian reports.

Buhari who was represented by the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeoma, at the event stated that the Libyan conflict continues to have devastating impact neighbouring countries in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions despite the effort by the African Union to resolve the dispute.

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He called on the African Union to adopt a new approach in resolving the Libyan dispute. The Nigerian president also condemned external interference in Libya.

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Meanwhile, a former chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Ari Gwaska, has condemned the call for the sack of Nigeria's service chief over growing insecurity in various regions of the country especially the north.

Speaking after an all-inclusive stakeholders meeting on the state of security in the country, Gwaska who is the national chairman of the Pro-Nigeria Elders Council (PRONECO) said he believes President Muhammadu Buhari is following United States of America's (USA) lead on tenure elongation of the service chiefs to defeat terrorism.

The former FCC chairman said it is not entirely strange for heads of security architecture to remain in office longer than expected.

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Gwaska said the US and other top nations have adopted this strategy at different times to quench insurgency.

He also noted that it is unhealthy to change competent and trustworthy hands at a critical time as when there is an ongoing war against terrorism.

He recalled that in 2018, President Donald Trump extended the high year tenure for senior Air Force officers through technical sergeants beginning February 1, 2019.

In another report, the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has passed a vote of confidence to Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and troops of the Nigerian Army involved in the war against terrorism.

The centre said the Army chief has surpassed expectations despite obvious plots from desperate politicians and their collaborators to undermine the gains.

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