According to Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State, there are over 6 million illicit weapons in possession in Nigeria.
The revelation was made by Abubakar, the chairman of the National Peace Committee (NPC), during a dialogue session with key stakeholders in Abuja on Wednesday, April 7.
Traditional rulers in attendance included the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti State and chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF); Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau State and chairman of the Northern Governors Forum; religious leaders, service chiefs, top military brass, police, and other security ag
According to him, the proliferation of weapons has increased instability in the world and resulted in over 80,000 deaths. Abubakar went on to say that the country’s problems are more than just instability in the narrow sense of the military term, but that they have taken on an all-encompassing dimension.
Among these challenges are the Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, increasing poverty, calls for the country’s balkanization from various quarters, the threat of hunger arising from insecurity that farmers have faced and continue to face, and an increasing sense of collective despair and despondency among the populace, among others. He also noted that security forces are not only ov
“The proliferation of all calibre of weapons not only in our sub-region in general and in Nigeria in particular is worrying. It is estimated that there are over six million of such weapons in circulation in the country.
“This certainly exacerbated the insecurity that led to over 80,000 deaths and close to three million internally displaced persons.
“We believe Nigeria must find a way out of these problems. Our hope is that perhaps among us, by listening to your different perspectives, we can begin to build up confidence among our people so that we can hold together.
“So our hope is that we shall not only share our collective lamentations about the current situation, bit propose some concrete suggestions that can point the way forward, suggestions that can inspire more confidence among our people and ensure that our country remains one.”