Buhari Issues New Advisory, Speaks on Inflow of Weapons into Africa, Nigeria from Russia-Ukraine War

Buhari Issues New Advisory, Speaks on Inflow of Weapons into Africa, Nigeria from Russia-Ukraine War

  • The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine seems to have its ripple effect littered across Africa and the Lake Chad region
  • This is as President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a warning over the proliferation of small and light weapons into the region and the continent as a whole for the conflict situation
  • According to the president, there is a need for government presence to complement ongoing development initiatives in the Lake Chad region

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that weapons from the raging war between Russia and Ukraine are now finding their way into the Lake Chad Basin region.

Daily Trust reports that the president while speaking at the 16th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), held at the Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa, said all hands must be on deck to fight the proliferation of these weapons into the region.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Ukraine, Russia war, Weapons, ammunition
President Buhari has raised an alarm over the proliferation of arms from the Russia-Ukraine war into Africa. Photo: Muhammadu Buhari
Source: Depositphotos

He noted that the proliferation of small arms and light weapons called for a reawakening of the border security of the countries within the Lake Chad region - the border area for Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

Further speaking, the president noted that these are spill-offs from the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine and other violent situations in the Sahel region of West Africa.

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According to President Buhari, these conflict activities have exacerbated the Boko Haram terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin region.

His words:

“Regrettably, the situation in the Sahel and the raging war in Ukraine serve as major sources of weapons and fighters that bolster the ranks of the terrorists in the Lake Chad Region.
"A substantial proportion of the arms and ammunition procured to execute the war in Libya continues to find its way to the Lake Chad Region and other parts of the Sahel.

"Weapons being used for the war in Ukraine and Russia are equally beginning to filter to the region."

Intensifying government presence in the Lake Chad region

The president further calling for intensified government presence in the region said such efforts will help complement initiatives of sustainable development projects which tend to make life easier for residents of the area.

He said

“Government presence must be positively felt in the area to restore the confidence of citizens in the ability of the State to protect them and provide basic infrastructure for all."

Buhari mourns as top former northern governor loses wife

The death of Hajiya Atika, the wife of a former governor of Sokoto state has thrown the president into a state of mourning.

President Muhammadu Buhari in condoling with the former governor and lawmaker said such a loss is difficult to handle.

The president also prayed for the repose of the soul of Hajiya Atika and comfort for Senator Wamakko and his entire family.

Nigeria at 62: Senator Wamakko calls for prayers for a stable nation

The former executive governor of Sokoto state, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has urged Nigerians hopeful.

Senator Wamakko in his Independence Day message urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the stability of the country.

He stated that the current challenge of the country is only a phase and that it will all soon become history.

Source: Legit.ng

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