- President Buhari has taken strong action towards addressing Nigeria's security challenges
- The Nigerian leader established a new security centre which will among other functions check the proliferation of small arms, light weapons
- Retired Major General, AM Dikko, has also been appointed as the pioneer national coordinator of the new security centre
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Legit.ng gathers that the new centre replaced the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons.
It will serve as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research and monitoring of all aspects of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, Daily Nigerian also reported.
The presidency explained that the decision to establish the new centre is part of the efforts to restructure Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats.
According to the statement, the proliferation of weapons across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, and insurrections in West Africa and Nigeria.
The new centre, Legit.ng learns, will be fulfilling the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on Import, Export, and Manufacture of Light Weapons as well as the UN Plan of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in SALW.
It is also gathered that the centre will maintain international cooperation and also operate zonal offices in the six geopolitical zones to ensure quick response and effective mobilization of resources.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has also appointed Retired Major General AM Dikko as the pioneer national coordinator of the centre.
Before his new appointment, Dikko had served in various capacities in and outside Nigeria.
He was a Course Director at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre and Chief Instructor of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre.
Adenuga B. Christian said:
"I don't trust this Government at all. Same way they took away Dane guns, cutlasses, bows and arrows from Southern Kaduna people and Bandits, Herdsmen killers have been raiding them."
Vincent Bendito Solomon said:
"While Fulani herdsmen are carrying heavy arms.. the day they disarm Fulani Herdsmen, then people would take them serious on this their fight against terrorism.."
Walter Chibuzo said:
"Just be creating ghost jobs for your allies. We know the game"
Joseph G Idu said:
"Gen Dikko should make sure he disarms Fulani herdsmen, unknown gunmen before making us defenseless."
Meanwhile, amid the incessant kidnappings and killings in Nigeria, President Buhari has stated that his government would not relent until it puts an end to the insecurity troubling the country.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, stated this via a statement after a security council meeting convened by the president in Aso Rock.
Legit.ng gathered that he quoted the president to have said he is confident the security agencies would restore the country’s glory.