President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abu
Dhabi called for greater global cooperation
against the devastating effects of climate
change to avert disaster for the human race in
the 21st century.
Addressing the opening of the 2016 World
Future Energy Summit, President Buhari
reaffirmed Nigeria’s readiness to work with the
United Arab Emirates and rest of the world in
a collective effort to mitigate the effects of
climate change.
“Africa is already suffering from the
consequences of climate change, which include
recurrent drought and floods. In Nigeria, the
drastic drying up of the Lake Chad to just
about 10% of its original size, has negatively
impacted on the livelihood of millions of
people, and contributed in making the region
a hot bed of insurgency.
“Desert encroachment in Niger, our northern
neighbour and in far northern Nigeria, at the
rate of several hundred meters per annum, has
impacted on the existence of man, animal and
vegetation, threatening to alter the whole
ecological balance of the sub-region.
“In the middle and southern part of Nigeria,
land erosion threatens farming, forestry, town
and village peripheries and in some areas
major highways.
“Constant and abrupt alteration between
floods and droughts prove that climate change
is real and therefore a global approach and
cooperation to combat its effects are vital if
the human race is not to face disaster in the
21st century,” President Buhari told
participants at the summit.
Noting that the summit was taking place soon
after the United Nations Conference on
Climate Change held in Paris late last year,
President Buhari praised the United Arab
Emirates for consistently supporting
international action on climate change.
“We see Abu Dhabi as a dependable partner in
the collective effort to manage climate risks
including the attainment of the sustainable
development goals by 2030.
“Thank you, Abu Dhabi, for consistently
continuing to support international action in
this sphere.
“We appreciate your immense contributions
worth hundreds of millions of dollars in Energy
aid to developing countries,” the President


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