By Ismail Auwal
President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented the continuous proliferation of arms and ammunition despite the closure of our land borders.
Buhari said this while receiving the outgoing Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas.
He said that an unstable Libya will remain a problem for the Sahel region of Africa with the existence of armed guards recruited by the late leader.
President Buhari warned that illegal arms and ammunition will continue to flow in the Sahel region of the African continent as far as Libya remained unstable.
He noted that Muammar Gadaffi held a grip on power in Libya for 42 years by recruiting armed guards from different countries, who then escaped with their arms when the Libyan strongman was killed.
“They didn’t learn any other skill, than to shoot and kill. So, they are a problem all over the Sahel countries today.
“We closed our land borders here for more than a year, but arms and ammunition continued to flow illegally. As far as Libya remains unstable, so will the problem remain.
“We have to cope with the problems of development, as we can’t play hop, step and jump. But we will eventually overcome those problems.”