- WAANSA has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on Nigerian borders
- The group lamented that Nigerian borders have turned to easy routes for illegal immigrants who are threats to the country's national security
- The regional group also unveiled its plan to mobilize a solidarity march in Zamfara state
The West African Action Network On Small Arms (WAANSA) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on Nigerian borders.
The group's resolution was passed at its emergency meeting in Nigeria to mark the United Nations International Day of Living in Peace globally celebrated on May 16.
WAANSA lamented that Nigerian borders have turned to easy routes for illegal immigrants who milk the nation's economy and are threats to the country's national security.
“Border security should be an issue of concern because of cases of illegal trade routes of small arms and light weapons, mineral resources and petroleum products.
“As WAANSA Nigeria mobilizes for a safer border communities in line with the directives of the last global congress of border security in Casablanca, Morocco, Nigerians should rise up in solidarity for a safer border community because a secured, peaceful Nigeria is for the benefit of all,” the group's president, Jephtah Asimole, said in a statement sent to Legit.ng.
The group further appealed to President Buhari and the National Security Adviser to support the training of Nigerian security personnel in line with global best practices.
This, WAANSA noted, would make insecurity a thing of the past in the country and pave way for direct foreign investments.
The regional group also unveiled its plan to mobilize a solidarity march in Zamfara state.
“This trek is aimed at reawakening national and international consciousness to the plights of the Zamfara people and the need to bring to an end to the killings and kidnappings all over Nigeria,” the statement noted.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has blamed the violence and banditry in the country on embittered politicians who lost in the last general elections.
Buratai said this on Wednesday, May 15, during the visit by three House of Representatives committee at the military’s headquarters of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, Borno state.
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