- The Southeast chapter of the West African Action Network On Small Arms (WAANSA) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari on how to curb the illegal proliferation of arms regionally
- The group wants the president to lobby leaders in the West African region to implement an international arm trade treaty
- The group noted that the proliferation of arms in the region is frustrating regional development
The Southeast chapter of the West African Action Network On Small Arms (WAANSA) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari on how to curb the illegal proliferation of arms in Nigeria and the West African region.
The group's vice president, Southeast chapter, Comrade Elvis Ekeoma Osimiri, during a press briefing in Enugu, appealed to President Buhari to lobby other ECOWAS members to demonstrate practical political will towards implementing an international arms trade treaty entered into more than four years ago.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, July 31, emerged the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He was elected at the 53rd ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Lome, Togo.
According to him, establishing international standard for arm trade, export and transfer will go a long way to advance the success of peace initiatives in the region.
He said: “Illegal arms and light weapon finds their way to conflict zones making government strategic efforts to curb violence non-realizable.
“As WAANSA Nigeria nominee for the advisory board chairman the onus lies on president to mobilize regional forces to bring to an end this ugly menace that has frustrated regional development through diversion of funds for infrastructure development to checkmate insecurity.
“WAASA Nigeria reassures ECOWAS and other region bodies of their commitment to step up more campaign with particular consideration to young women who are mostly victims of armed conflicts.
“United Nation resolution on women emphasizes the involvement of men and women on the basis of equity in crucial issue of peace and security, hence WAANSA Nigeria will liaise with regional bodies to sustain the campaign.”
He also commended the Enugu state police command and other Southeast commands for their commitment towards moping of small arms and curtaining of farmers/herders clashes.
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Four months ago, President Buhari was nominated into the board of WAANSA. The organisation made this known through an open letter to the president seen by Legit.ng and dated Wednesday, March 21.
The letter stated that President Buhari's nomination “is in appreciation of your dedication in eliminating gun violence and related crises in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.”
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