With the migrant crises in Europe becoming a huge problem ,President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Paris gave his own solution to stopping the mass exodus of Africans to Europe.He asked developed countries to make strong financial commitments to the 14 billion dollars urgently needed to revive the Lake Chad and save communities dependent on the river from extinction, noting that, this will curb migration to Europe.
Addressing a high level meeting on �Climate Change Challenges and Solutions in Africa”,Buhari said no fewer than five million people living in the Lake Chad Basin countries have been displaced by the depletion of the lake due to climate change.
The President said
�Nigeria has a large population of over 170 million people and in some parts of Northern Nigeria, a farm that used to belong to 10 people now belongs to over 100 people. They have no other place to live and no land for cultivation,’’ he said.
He noted that sadly the lake which covers over 25,000 square kilometers in 1925 have shrunk to 2,500 square kilometers.
�The amount of resources required and the high technological expertise and infrastructure needed to be undertaken to revive the Lake Chad has to be mainly financed by the G7 and the United States.
�The cost is great and more than 14 billion dollars is needed to revive the Lake.
�But if that is achieved, at least five million people from Central African Republic to the Lake Chad Basin countries (Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin) will be rehabilitated.
�When this is done those who are daring to cross the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean to come to Europe will remain at home because they have land where they can cultivate and earn a respectable living,’’ he said.
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