By Ben Agande
Abuja-The Federal Government is contemplating reportingÂ the Libyan leader, Colonel Muamar Ghadaffi to the United Nations, UN, and the African Union, AU, over his recent statement that Nigeria be split into two along religious lines.
Mr. Ghadaffi was quoted as saying that the solution to the sectarian crises in Nigeria was dividing the country into two, the North for the Muslims and the South for Christians.
He said the problem was essentially caused by the colonial masters, Britain.
The Federal Government immediately recalled the Ambassador to Libya, Alhaji Isa Mohammed.
He is due to arrive Abuja today or tomorrow to brief officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the situation.Â Â Â He could not arrive earlier because of flight connections between the two countries.
There is no direct flight between Nigeria and Libya and the only flights are from either Morocco or Egypt where the Moroccan national airline and the Egyptian airline operate direct flight to Nigeria through the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
One source told Sunday Vanguard that with the dissolution of the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, the recalled ambassador is expected to brief the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who will in turn brief the acting presidentÂ â€˜as early as possibleâ€™ on the next line of action.
Sunday Vanguard however gathered that beyond the reaction of Nigeria through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which described the utterance of the Libyan leader as irresponsible, there is not likely to be a tougher stand on the matter.
â€œI think what is likely going to happen is that Nigeria will convey its strong objection to the Libyan government through the relevant channels and the utterance is not likely to cause any major obstacle between Nigeria and Libyan diplomatic relations. Africa is the cornerstone of Nigeriaâ€™s diplomatic policy and the Nigerian government is not likely going to cause any upstage,â€a diplomatic source said in Abuja,adding:â€œthe Libyan president is generally known in the diplomatic circle cantankerous and most of the time,, his utterances are best ignored but relevant government agencies have been directed to closely monitor the matter and see whether there is any likelihood of the Libyan government sponsoring some groups in Nigeria.â€
It was gathered thatÂ Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan has indicated interest to report the Libyan president to the African Union and the United Nations â€˜but this is dependent on the outcome of the consultation with the Ambassadorâ€™ a source said.
Several attempts to get the official reaction of the Foreign Affairs Ministry on the next line of action proved abortive as repeated calls to the spokesman of the ministry, Mr Ozo Nwobu were not answered.
Since his posting to Libya, Ambassador Isa Mohammed has been working behind the scene to free Nigerians held in Libyan prisons, a feat he has achieved in repatriating some Nigerians from the North African country.
Before his appointment as Nigeriaâ€™s ambassador to Libya, Alhaji Isa Mohammed was a resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission whose last posting was in Edo where he conducted the 2007 elections.
Senate President,Chief David Mark called Ghadaffi a mad man while the Arewa Consultative Forum,ACF,denounced his statement as reckless.