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PMB seeks regional cooperation to check illegal flow of small arms

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria remains deeply concerned about the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly in Africa.

He was speaking virtually to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on disarmament, international peace and security.

He called on the international community to renew efforts to stem the traffic of arms and promote the Arms Trade Treaty in to codify accountability in the battle against trans-border crimes, including terrorism and acts of piracy.

On terrorism and counter-terrorism, the President urged world leaders to redouble efforts to ensure collective security, noting that the litany of sophisticated terrorist attacks across the globe was a harsh reality of the challenges facing the world.

President Buhari said Nigeria would continue to count on the strong co-operation with the UN Counter-Terrorism bodies and neighbouring countries to overcome the terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel region.

He gave the assurance that Nigeria would vigorously sustain the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgence in the northeast, adding that the Northeast Development Commission was established for those purposes.

Abdullah Bello

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