A South African diplomat has claimed that insurgents group, Boko Haram are using weapons that were looted from Libyan arms depots during the 2011.
According to former South African ambassador to Libya, Mohammed Dangor, there were a lot of arms that were looted during the war.
He said some of weapons looted during and since a 2011 uprising that ousted long-serving ruler Muammar Gaddafi were later smuggled into Niger, Chad, Mali and Nigeria, among other African countries.
While noting that looted arms have created a cycle of instability in the region! Dangor, asserted that there is need for the the African Union’s stabilization force to intervene and deal with the Boko Haram insurgency otherwise the militants will continue to wreak havoc in Nigeria and the region.
For the last five years, Nigeria has fought the Boko Haram insurgency, which has ravaged the country’s volatile northeast and claimed thousands of lives.
A seemingly emboldened Boko Haram recently stepped up its militant activity, seizing several areas of Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, where it has since declared a self-styled “Islamic caliphate.”
Dangor asserted that Boko Haram and Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-allied Al-Shabaab militant group are tarnishing the image of Islam.
“Extremists distort the teachings of Islam. They claim to be representing Islam, but what they are doing is not what Islam teaches.”