President Muhammadu Buhari says about thirty million people are adversely affected by a shrunken Lake Chad, which is now just about ten percent of its original size.
President Buhari made remark at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he received the President of Chad, Marshal Idris Deby Itno, who was on a one-day official visit to Nigeria.
He said it is imperative that there will be water transfer to Lake Chad from the Congo Basin so that the people can resume their normal lives.
According to President Buhari, with the inter-basin water transfer, farming, fishing, animal husbandry would resume and curtail irregular migration of youths, who now dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, to get into Europe, seeking greener pastures.
He appreciated Chad for its role in curbing insurgency in the region, particularly the Boko Haram challenge.
Responding, the Chadian leader appreciated President Buhari for receiving him, saying Nigeria and Chad are neighbours facing similar challenges.
Marshal Idris Deby Itno said he was also in Nigeria to explore other bilateral issues, in addition to security, and urged President Buhari to consider convening an international summit to move the idea forward.