The West Africa Action Network on Small Arms(WAANSA) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to network other Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states to demonstrate practical political will towards implementing international Arms trade treaty, to curtail spread.
A communiqué issued at the ECOWAS/ECCA meeting in Togo signed by the vice president, WAANSA, Ekeoma Osimiri recalled that Nigeria was the first in Africa to sign the treaty and entered it into force more than four years ago.
LEADERSHIP reports that WAANSA on different fora said that excessive accumulation and uncontrolled spread of small arms and light weapons pose a serious threat to peace and security in the region.
Osimiri said establishing international standard for arms trade, export and transfer will go a long way to advance the success of peace initiatives in the region.
He decried that illegal arms and light weapons find their way to conflict zones making government strategic efforts to curb violence non-realizable.
The communiqué reads in part: “As WAANSA Nigeria nominee for the advisory board chairman the onus lies on President to mobilize regional forces to bring to an end this ugly menace that has frustrated regional development through diversion of funds for infrastructure development to checkmate insecurity.
“WAASA Nigeria reassures ECOWAS and other region bodies of their commitment to step up more campaign with particular consideration to young women who are mostly victims of Armed conflicts.
“United Nation resolution on women emphasizes the involvement of men and women on the basis of equity in crucial issue of peace and security hence WAANSA Nigeria will liaise with regional bodies to sustain the campaign.”
Osimiri also commended Enugu State Police Command and South East for commitment towards moping of small arms and curtaining of farmers/herders clashes.
“Together we will sustain a peaceful Nigeria,” he added.
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