Tripoli, Libya*#8212;A presidential adviser in Niger, Ali Sidi Adam,
Thursday, accused the international press of
exaggerating the confrontation between young Libyans and immigrant
workers from sub-Saharan African countries which led to many death in
Libya in September.
Speaking to PANA at the end of his month-long stay in Libya to assess the condition of his compatriots in the country, the Niger official said he regretted the events of last September.
He did not exclude the exploitation of the incidents by
hands trying to sabotage the African Union project as is also
believed by Libyan authorities.
I met the community of Niger nationals in Sabha, the capital of
Fezzan, in Wadi Al-Hayat, in Mourzuk (south) and in Tripoli. They are
faring very well and continue to provide their labour to the Libyan
private sector, particularly in the field of agriculture and are not
undergoing any form of harassment by the local population, Adam
Sidi Adam pointed out that he had discussed with various authorities of the Libyan Ministries of African Unity, Justice and Security about the situation of Niger workers in Libya.
He said talks were underway between the concerned authorities of the
two countries that could lead to the issuance of
to Niger nationals to enable them live and work in Libya.
He said Niger nationals currently in Libya number between 4,000 and 5,000.
He explained that 2,000 Niger nationals returned home on their own volition during the crisis.
The Presidential adviser rejected allegations that that the crisis had racist or xenophobic connotation.
How can we say such a thing when we know that out of the 5 million
inhabitants living in Libya, over 1.4 million are black, he
retorted, accusing the international press of putting forward the
hypothesis with a view
to adding fuel to the fire and aborting the
important African Union project.