President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the greatest
investment Europe and America can make in Africa now is helping
the continent accomplish inter-basin water transfer to recharge the
Lake Chad. The President spoke at State House, Abuja, on Friday, while hosting the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Mr
Moussa Faki Mahamat.
President Buhari noted that the Lake Chad, which provided a
means of livelihood to several millions of people in four countries Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, has now been reduced to
ten per cent of its originate size, due to the impact of climate
change. “People who depended on the Lake for fishing, farming, animal
husbandry, and many others, have been thrown into dire straits.
That is one of the reasons youths now dare the Sahara Desert and
the Mediterranean Sea, to seek greener pastures in Europe.
But helping to recharge Lake Chad will help a great deal in curbing
irregular migration,” he said. While noting that the size of Nigeria and resources available place a lot of responsibilities on her shoulders, President Buhari pledged that the country would continue to fulfill its obligations to the African Union.
“At all international fora, we emphasize the matter of Lake Chad.
We also talk about the influx of small arms from the Sahel, which
worsens the security situation between herders and stagnant
farmers. We will keep the issues on the front burners,” the President emphasized.
Mr Mahamat lauded President Buhari, saying his leadership was
good for Nigeria, for AU, and for Africa in general.
He added that the next AU Summit would look into the reform of
the AU Commission, positioning the AU and Africa in the world,
Single Air Transport Market, the Africa Continental Free Trade
Area, and other issues. Saying Nigeria has played major roles towards peace in countries like Guinea Bissau, Togo, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and many others, the AU Commission chairman submitted: “Nigeria is the engine of Africa politically, economically, and in the area of peace and security. Without her, Agenda 2063 cannot be
accomplished. We depend on the elder to reach our destination in
good shape. Nigeria is worthy of being followed. We rely on your
wisdom to fulfill the task before us.