Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Mohammed Younis Menfi, has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria that his country now has one united government.
The two leaders spoke on the sidelines of the Summit of Lake Chad Basin Commission held in Abuja yesterday, May 25, to discuss the situation in Chad, and the implications for security in neighbouring countries.
The Libyan leader said that his country is fast evolving, “and we now have one government, active on the ground.
“We are expelling the mercenaries, and unifying the institions.”
He announced that democratic elections would be held in due course and that the historical relationship between his country and Nigeria in the areas of oil and agriculture meant that one country could not ignore the other.
“We aspire for joint cooperation, and reactivation of previous agreements.”
This was even as President Buhari made it clear that a stable or unstable Libya has implications for countries in the Lake Chad Basin area, including Nigeria.
“Republics of Chad, and Niger, have extensive borders with Libya, and they are our immediate neighbours. Whatever affects them affects us. The stability or instability of Libya will directly affect us.”
He stressed that security of Nigeria is number one priority to him, adding: “unless a country or institution is secured, there’s no way you can efficiently manage it.”