- Niger Delta Affairs minister, Akpabio, has shared some insights on Nigeria's security challenges
- The minister said the arms looted following the fall of Gaddafi have found their ways to the hands of criminals in Nigeria
- Akpabio also accused some unnamed people of taking the advantage of the situation to sabotage the Buhari government
Godswill Akpabio, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has linked the fall of the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi regime in Libya to the rising security challenges in Nigeria.
The Guardian reported that Akpabio spoke on the security challenges in the country when he visited the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, April 29.
He said heavy weapons that were stolen when Libya failed following the fall of Gaddafi have found their ways into Nigeria.
The minister noted that Nigeria has to prioritise the security of its neighbouring countries to maintain internal peace.
“The security of our neighboring countries must also remain a priority because all these heavy arms, entering into Nigeria when Libya failed, were taken out and people stole the weapons.
"If you enter Chad or Niger Republic, just like you buy petrol in Nigeria by the roadside, you can pick up any arm you want. So, that has led to heavy arms entering into the wrong hands.”
Legit.ng gathers that the minister added that some unnamed people are cashing in on the condition to sabotage the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Akpabio, who expressed concern over the circumstances, however, assured that the challenges would be addressed in no time, Nigerian Tribune also reported.
The meeting is taking place at the First Lady Conference room as renovations in the Council Chambers is still ongoing.
The meeting is coming on the heels of escalating insecurity in different parts of the country and general outcry by various stakeholders.