A former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has raised an alarm over the proliferation of weapons within the nation, saying an estimated six million arms are circulating illegally.
Abubakar, who can be the chairman of the Nationwide Peace Committee, disclosed this at a dialogue session of the committee with key stakeholders in Abuja on Wednesday.
He acknowledged that the proliferation of weapons has heightened insecurity within the nation and led to over 80,000 deaths.
Abdulsalami stated challenges going through the nation isn’t solely insecurity within the slender sense of the army definition however that it has assumed an all-encompassing nature.
He listed these challenges to incorporate the Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, growing poverty, requires the balkanisation of the nation from totally different quarters, risk of starvation arising from the insecurity that farmers have confronted and proceed to face, growing sense of collective despair and despondency among the many populace.
“The proliferation of all calibre of weapons not solely in our sub-region typically and in Nigeria, particularly, is worrying. It’s estimated that there are over six million such weapons in circulation within the nation.
“This actually exacerbated the insecurity that led to over 80,000 deaths and shut to 3 million internally displaced individuals,” Abubakar stated.
The ex-military Head of State, whereas assessing the safety state of affairs, stated the safety forces will not be simply overstretched however underfunded.
He stated the safety companies can carry out higher with extra subtle weapons, gear and funding.
He stated, “We imagine Nigeria should discover a manner out of those issues. Our hope is that maybe amongst us, by listening to your totally different views, we are able to start to construct up confidence amongst our individuals in order that we are able to maintain collectively.
“So our hope is that we will not solely share our collective lamentations in regards to the present state of affairs however suggest some concrete solutions that may level the best way ahead, solutions that may encourage extra confidence amongst our individuals and be sure that our nation stays one.”
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari was conscious of the assembly and that he supported it.
The assembly was attended by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’advert Abubakar III; John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Ekiti State governor and chairman of the Nigerian Governors Discussion board, Kayode Fayemi; Plateau State governor and chairman of the Northern Governors Discussion board, Simon Lalong; spiritual leaders, service chiefs, high army brass, police chiefs, amongst others.