Buhari finally speaks at UN, seeks vigorous enforcement of Arms Trade Treaty
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in New York called for the worldwide application of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to codify accountability in the conventional arms trade, which is critical to the security of nations.
Speaking at the general debate of the 76th UN General Assembly, Buhari expressed concern over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons.
The Nigerian leader warned that the excessive accumulation and uncontrolled spread of these weapons in many regions of the world are having devastating humanitarian and socio-economic consequences, especially on the continent of Africa.
Buhari, who was the second speaker on the fourth day of the annual general debate, emphasised the need for broad-based global partnership in the ongoing battle against trans-border crimes, including terrorism and piracy.
The Nigerian leader also spoke on the current political situation in West Africa amid recent coups in Mali and Guinea.
The president warned that democracy in the West was ‘‘being eroded’’ largely due to unconstitutional takeover of power and unilateral changes in constitutions by some leaders.
‘‘In West Africa especially, our democratic gains of the past decades are now being eroded,” Buhari said.
‘‘The recent trend of the unconstitutional takeover of power, sometimes in reaction to unilateral changes of constitutions by some leaders, must not be tolerated by the international community.
‘‘Nigeria fully supports the efforts by ECOWAS to address this growing challenge and appreciates the support of both the African Union and the United Nations.
‘‘In this regard, I would like to reiterate that as leaders of our individual Member-States we need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of our countries, particularly on term limits.
‘‘This is one area that generates crisis and political tension in our sub-region.”
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