The Nigerian Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, and his Libyan counterpart, Mahdi Al-Barghathi, have met to discuss arms proliferation in Sub-Saharan Africa, which was reportedly fuelling attacks by the Islamic State fighters, the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the sub-region.
The meeting, which held in Abuja on Friday behind closed doors and reportedly lasted about an hour, was on the sidelines of the seventh conference of defence ministers of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States.
Among other resolutions, the conference reviewed the joint security measures that would be adopted in tackling regional terrorist groups such as the Boko Haram, the ISIS and other fighters.
The Nigerian Defence minister, Dan-Ali, told newsmen briefly before the closed-door session that the meeting with his Libyan counterpart was strategic in tackling the security crises fuelling terrorism in Nigeria and the Sub-Saharan region.
Dan-Ali said, “We have a lot of issues to discuss with Libya. It is a very critical country in terms of arms proliferation and others. Libya and Nigeria have had a very strong relationship since our independence.
The Libyan crises have brought a lot of problems in terms of arms proliferation down to the Sub-Saharan countries. This is the key issue that we came to deliberate on.”