Receiving the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, in Abuja yesterday, President Buhari, in a statement by his senior special assistant, media, Garba Shehu, warned that the failure to regenerate the Lake Chad will lead to another round of migration by the people living in the areas.
The president, who led seven ministers to an interactive meeting with the UNESCO chief, said Nigeria and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin lacked the billions of dollars required to channel water from the Congo Basin into the lake to check its rapid depletion.
The president told the visiting UN official:
“Those living in the Lake Chad region have suffered untold hardship and displacement because of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists.”
‘‘If there is no farming and fishing, they will dare the desert to migrate.”
“Unless the developed countries make concerted efforts to complete the feasibility study, mobilise resources and technology to start the water transfer from the Congo Basin, the Lake Chad will dry up.”
‘‘The people will go somewhere and they will create problems for those countries.”
President Buhari commended UNESCO’s support to Nigeria particularly on the ongoing rehabilitation work in the North East and reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).