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Buhari urges developed countries to assist in Nigeria’s Lake Chad challenges

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that a population explosion, climate change and desert encroachment are just some of the challenges facing the country.

Receiving members of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and his investiture as the foundation’s patron at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday, 9 November 2018, Buhari said his administration would continue to keep the issue of reviving the Lake Chad on the front burner and exert more commitment from the developed countries to do what is needed.

Buhari noted that it is regrettable that the issue of the receding Lake Chad has not been well addressed till recent times.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, on Friday, 9 November 2018, in Abuja, Buhari noted that Nigeria is more affected by the drying up of the lake because fishing, animal husbandry and farming are affected.

“The problem of climate change is real. The desert encroachment is aggravating it. The population explosion in Nigeria is another big challenge. The drying up of Lake Chad is a serious thing for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin countries. Nigeria is much more affected because fishing, animal husbandry and farming are affected very seriously. We are trying to prick the conscience of the developed countries that have the resources and the technology to quickly execute the inter-basin transfer from the Congo Basin to the Chad Basin,” he said.

President Buhari welcomed the advocacy by the foundation on the need to protect endangered plants and animals in the country. He therefore directed the Ministry of Environment to reflect this in its budgetary requirements in the next fiscal year.

“With the rate at which animals are being hunted and eliminated around the country, we must seriously give the forest reserves our support and attention as much as we can,” he added.

Earlier, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, a member of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, had told President Buhari that the nation’s wildlife was fast becoming extinct.

According to Joda, the rate of deforestation in Nigeria in more than 10 years has been one of the highest in the world with the country losing close to 95 percent of its original forest cover.



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