By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to developed nations as well as donor organisations to save Lake Chad from extinction as a result of the adverse effects of climate change.The presidentâ€™s call is contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu on Thursday.
In it, Garba quoted the President as having made the when he received the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova at the Presidential Villa.
The President warned that failure to regenerate Lake Chad would lead to another round of migration by the people living in the area.
Buhari who led seven ministers to an interactive meeting with the UNESCO chief added that 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.
He said, â€œThose living in the Lake Chad region have suffered untold hardship and displacement because of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists. â€œIf there is no farming and fishing, they will dare the desert to migrate.
â€œUnless the developed countries make concerted efforts to complete the feasibility study, mobilise resources and technology to start the water transfer from the Congo Basin, Lake Chad will dry up. The people will go somewhere and they will create problems for those countries.â€
Buhari commended UNESCO for its support to Nigeria particularly for the ongoing rehabilitation work in the North-East and reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He noted that the pathetic situation of the IDPs require immediate and urgent response from international organisations such as UNSECO in the provision of infrastructure, health and education.