Fighters Trained By Gaddafi Working With Boko Haram – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that fighters trained by late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, are working with Boko Haram to unleash terror on Northern Nigeria.
Buhari, who said this during a meeting with Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire on the margins of the 56th ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the state house Abuja, said the fighters had been left without any skill other than to “shoot and kill” since Gaddafi’s demise.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari in a statement as saying that the instability in Libya is a recurring threat to the Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa, expressing concern over the growing effect of the crisis on many lives.
“The President said the Libyan fighters, who were trained for the 43 years Muammar Gaddafi ruled the country, were armed with deadly weapons and had been roaming the Sahel and sub-Sahara sub-region, with no other skills for survival ‘but to shoot and kill’, the statement read.
“President Buhari expressed happiness that neighbouring countries were supporting Nigeria in tackling the menace of the fighters who have teamed up with Boko Haram, adding that there was a need to do more by the West African countries, both under the ECOWAS platform and at bilateral levels”.