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Libya’s situation becoming a strategic time bomb for Africa and Europe – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has described the chaotic situation in Libya as “a strategic time bomb”, and he has called on world leaders to work out modalities into finding solution to the crisis.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbroug, France, on Wednesday, Buhari said the “arms bazaar” in the North African country should not be allowed to continue, as it affects Africa and Europe. He added that, uncontrolled movement of arms and ammunitions froms Libya have found their way into the hands of Boko Haram, an islamist sect that has been terrorising the Northeastern part of Nigeria since 2012 and has now spread to Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

President Buhari said,“I must express our serious concern about the alarming situation in southern Libya, which is becoming a strategic time bomb for Africa and indeed Europe.”

“The ungoverned south of southern Libya has become an arms bazaar, which threatens the security of the Sahel region as well as the North Africa region and beyond.

“We must therefore intensify our efforts to find a lasting solution to the Libyan crisis.”

Buhari also said his administration was applying minimum force when necessary in the fight against insurgency in order to prevent human rights abuse.

“We have updated our rules of engagement in fighting terrorism and pay very close attention during operations to the treatment of captured terrorists, civilians caught up in the conflict and in general, safeguarding property,” he said.

“Our aim is to use minimum force necessary in our fight against terrorists.”

While assuring the European Union, that his administration is doing all it can in finding and rescuing the Chibok girls alive.

Libya has seen different factions taking up arms against each other since the 2011 revolution that toppled former dictator Moamer Gaddafi, with two rival administrations currently holding sway and the Islamic State (IS) group on the rise.