President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the rising rate of insecurity in Libya and lack of progress in efforts to bring peace to the region.
The President raised these concerns at the African Union Peace And Security Council Summit on Situations in Libya and the Sahel in Addis Ababa over the weekend, The Tribune reports.
President Buhari said in spite of the best intentions and determined efforts by this Council and the entire African Union, the devastating impact of the conflict on the Libyan people, neighbours, the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions remains alarming.
“Nigeria joins in the urgent call for a new and fresh approach that truly reflects the paramount interests of the Libyan people, the region and the continent in general.
“We condemn strongly all forms and manifestations of external interference in Libya including the evident presence of mercenaries and call for strict implementation of the arms embargo.
“It is more worrisome that the international community is divided across as some external powers, continue to interfere and provide military support to different armed groups and militias.”
The President said that the interference must stop, noting that there can be no military solution in Libya.
The President Buhari was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeoma at the conference.