President Muhammadu Buhari says no country or institution can be managed efficiently unless such nation is secured.
Buhari said this Wednesday while hosting His Excellency Mohammed Younis Menfi, Chairman, Presidential Council of Libya.
The president, who stressed that security of Nigeria was number one priority to him, said “unless a country or institution is secured, there’s no way you can efficiently manage it.”
Buhari, according to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said a stable or unstable Libya had 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”.
Buhari said he was happy that the chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya could personally attend the Summit of Lake Chad Basin Commission held in Abuja on Tuesday, to discuss the situation in Chad, and the implications for security in neighbouring countries.
Mohammed Younis Menfi said Libya was fast evolving, “and we now have one government, active on the ground. We are expelling the mercenaries, and unifying the instructions.”
He said democratic elections would be held in due course, adding 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,” Menfi said.