President Muhammadu Buhari has called for decisive action against illicit flows of small arms and light weapons.
The president made the call while addressing the virtual session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday.
He said Nigeria was deeply concerned over the menace particularly as it concerns africa while urging the international community to renew efforts to curb the illicit trade
He said: “Nigeria remains deeply concerned over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly on the continent of Africa.
“We urge the international community to renew efforts to stem this traffic and promote the Arms Trade Treaty.
“This is to codify accountability in the on-going battle against trans-border crimes, including terrorism and acts of piracy,” he said.
Buhari also noted that spate of terrorist attacks across the globe was a harsh reality of the challenges the world is facing.
He emphasised that the problem could only be solved through international collaboration and solidarity.
“In Nigeria, we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits,” he said.
“We continue to count on our strong cooperation with UN counter-terrorism bodies and neighbouring countries to overcome the terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel Region.
“We will vigorously sustain the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North-East.
“The North-East Development Commission has been established for that purpose,” the president added.