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Buhari blames unrest in Libya for inflow of illegal arms in Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented the inflow of arms and ammunition despite the closure of land borders amid several other effort to block the leakage.

The president stated this on Thursday when he received 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.

Buhari linked the inflow of the arms and ammunition to the unrest in Libya since their leader, Muammar Gaddafi died.

He said Muammar Gaddafi 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.”

The president also praised Chambas and described him as “more of a Nigerian than anything else.”

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