Nigeria’s Buhari hosts Chad’s Deby for bilateral talks

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. /VCG
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. /VCG

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hosted his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby in Abuja for bilateral talks.

The two leaders discussed various issues including the region’s security and the recharging of Lake Chad.

Lake Chad has seen a decline in its water volume by a staggering 90 per cent over the past six decades, attributed to climate change and overuse.

Once one of Africa’s largest freshwater bodies and a source of livelihood for about 30 million, the lake’s situation is now seen as a contributor to the insecurity in the Chad basin.

“It is imperative that there be water transfer to the Lake Chad from the Congo Basin, so that the people can resume their normal lives,” President Buhari said.

The Nigerian president noted that the inter-basin water transfer would enable the resumption of farming, fishing and animal husbandry, which would in turn help tackle insecurity and also curtail illegal migration of youths, who seek to reach Europe.

“I’ve been engaging with the relevant stakeholders in Africa and beyond, on why we need to recharge Lake Chad. Nigeria will benefit more, but it is also advantageous to everyone.”