The shrinking of Lake Chad will continue to fuel more illegal migrations, banditry and provide willing hands for terrorism, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, said on Monday.Buhari called for more commitment from the international community on redirecting water to the Lake Chad.
The Nigerian President, who received Letters of Credence from the High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria, Philip Baker, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, said that majority of the people had lost their means of livelihood.
“In 1920’s, an academic rightly predicted that except there’s a redirection of water to Lake Chad, it will dry up.
“Now whenever I go for any global meeting or visit a country, I will always draw the world’s attention to the adverse effect of climate change on the lake, and the resulting negative effects,” he said.
He urged the Canadian Government to support the on-going efforts to divert water from the Congo River to the lake.