President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, called for the cooperation of regional leaders, in curbing the illegal flow of arms into Nigeria.
Buhari made this call while participating at the Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) in Chad Republic.
The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, regretted the illegal flow of small arms to Nigeria.
“President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday arrived in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital seeking wider cooperation to among countries of Sahel and Saharan regions to counter the infiltration of small arms to Nigeria, flowing into the hands of militia forces, bandits and insurgents who are becoming a threat to human rights and internal security,” the statement read in part.
Buhari noted that the Federal Government “has been working in the last few years to stem the widespread availability of small arms and light weapons making their way into Nigeria.”
According to him, the “very disturbing recent developments” have impelled the administration, to seek support from a wider circle of countries if the illegal inflows are to be curtailed.
The President who was received by the host President, Idris Derby, also used the opportunity of his visit to discuss the problems of irregular migration, trafficking in persons, especially of women and children.