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UN RevCom4: WAANSA calls for strengthening of office of the NSA

By Peter Usman://

Ahead of the 4th Review Conference on the implementation of the programme of action to prevent, combat and eradicate illicit trade in Small and Light Weapons in all its aspects, the Regional Vice President, West African Action Network on Small Arms, WAANSA, Mr. Martin Igwe Nnamdi, has called on the government to strengthen and support the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA to enable them carry out their responsibilities.

Martin made the call Friday 14 June, 2024 when he led a delegation of WAANSA members to pay a courtesy visit to the National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma in Abuja.

He also solicits government’s support for National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons to enable the centre implement the necessary policies at eliminating illegal proliferation of small arms in Nigeria and West Africa.

WAANSA Regional Vice President, called for bottom-top approach towards conflicts resolution and management, as MACBAN remains a critical stakeholder to ending cases of Farmers/Herders clashes, which he said remains a threat to food insecurity in the country.

He said, “We are here to identify with the National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN to solve issues related to small arms and light weapons. Moreover, there is need for government to identify with MACBAN to solve some sensitive issues.

“As we are entering into the week of United Nations review of policies on small arms all over the world, we want to appeal to Mr President, who is also incidentally, the chairman of Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS to do more in supporting these agencies at the grassroots, to do more in supporting the office of the National Security Adviser, so that they can be empowered to carry out their vigorous act of campaigning against illegal proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

“In doing that, there is a role of integrating with a very credible civil society like this, because they have relevance and credible information, which can be of value in decision making.

“I want to thank the National President of MACBAN, who had been a long time friend and partner. The history of this organisation cannot be completed without the contribution, collaboration and partnership of this office.

“We have also come to reassure you that we are no more in Nigeria, we are now in West Africa and we are ready to identified with your vision, work with your vision, because we know positive impacts you have made especially in resolving Farmers/Herders clashes and we know the impact you can make in advancing the course of this food insecurity, which remains an issue. We must collaborate and join hands to make sure that Nigeria is one and in peace.”

Speaking, the National President of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, thanked the Vice President of WAANSA and his entourage for the visit, revealing that part of their responsibilities is to collaborate with organisation like WAANSA.

He said, “We have been working together with WAANSA for over six years and this visit is never a coincident, we are here to concretise our relationship. We are ready to embrace peace, ensuring there is peace in the country.”

On porosity at the Nigeria borders, Ngelzarma advised government to work assiduously to ensure that borders are not opened to everybody to enter the country without being checked.

He noted that on several occasions, foreign Fulani Herdsmen entered the country without being noticed; adding that such herdsmen can come in with dangerous weapons capable of distorting the peace of this country.  MACBAN President said, “It is important we work together with WAANSA and advice the government, especially in the area of proliferation of small arms and light weapons.”

Peterideal

A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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