President Buhari Hosts Libyan PM, AbdulHamid Dbeibeh

Dbeibeh at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari earlier this week hosted the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Dbeibeh and members of his entourage arrived the Presidential Villa Wednesday morning and were received by President Buhari.

Cabinet members as well as some presidential aides joined the president to receive the Libyan delegation at the forecourt of the villa.

President Buhari had in the past noted that most illegal weapons in Nigeria were brought in from Libya.

Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh at the Villa, Abuja

The two leaders deliberated on beneficial bilateral issues and economic prospects.

Dbeibeh used the opportunity of the meeting to console Buhari and the people of Nigeria on the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and ten other military officers on Friday May 21..

The visiting Libyan leader had on May 25 participated in the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.  

President Buhari remarked that Libya’s stability or otherwise has implications for countries in the Lake Chad Basin area, including Nigeria.

“Republics of Chad, and Niger, have extensive borders with Libya, and they are our immediate neighbours.

“Whatever affects them affects us will directly affect us,” President Buhari said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

President Buhari expressed pleasure that the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya could personally attend the Summit of Lake Chad Basin Commission held in Abuja on Tuesday, to discuss the situation in Chad and the implications for security in neighbouring countries.

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