By Chinyere Amala
ABUJA – The Federal Government has described theÂ Libyan Leader, Muammar Ghadaffiâ€™s statement , that Nigeria should split into two in respect to recurring Jos crisis as â€œinsensitive andÂ irresponsibleâ€, even as it has recalled its Ambassador to Libya, Isa Mohammed for consultation.
The Ministryâ€™s spokesperson, Mr. Ozo Nwobu who briefed newsmen todayÂ in Abuja, said the recall of the Ambassador takes immediate effect, adding, â€œColonel Ghadaffi utterances has diminished his status as a serious and credible leader.
According to Mr. Nwobu, Isa Mohammed is expected to report in Abuja immediately for further briefing and consultations.
â€œ Recalling the ambassador does not necessarily mean that relations with Libya is being severed. It is a form of formal protest which is allowed in diplomacyâ€, he insisted.
â€œThe insensitive and oftentimes irresponsible utterances of Col. Ghadaffi, his theatrics and grandstanding at every auspicious occasion have become too numerous to recount. These have, indeed, diminished his status and credibility as a leader to be taken seriously.
â€œHis comments on the crisis in Jos are most unacceptable and unbecoming of any leader who claims to advocate and champion the cause of African integration and unity. Our Ambassador in Tripoli has been recalled for urgent consultationsâ€, the spokesperson announcedâ€, he added.
Nwobu stated that the federal government is determined to find and deal with persons responsible for the crisis in Jos, adding that government was willing to listen to comments from respectable members of the international community.
He however, reassured Nigerians and the international community that the â€œsovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria are sacrosanct and would be guided jealously.
While regretting loss of innocent lives and wanton destruction of properties, government reiterated that the perpetrators would be brought to book.
He also warned that Nigeria is a sovereign state that would only accept comments made in recognition of the countryâ€™s sovereignty.
It is worthy of note that in spite of existing bilateral relations between Nigeria and Libya, the latter does not have a Mission in Abuja.