President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, 13 April, 2019, attended a security meeting in Chad Republic.
The President called for the cooperation of regional leaders, in curbing the illegal flow of arms into Nigeria.
Addressing a Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) in Chad Republic, President Buhari said that Nigeria’s 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.
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The statement of the President’s speech was made available to newsmen by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Read the text below:
“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.
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 President, Idris Derby, of Chad Republic also leveraged on the opportunity of his visit to discuss problems of irregular migration and Human Trafficking, especially as it concerns women and children.