More than 6 million illegal weapons are circulating throughout Nigeria - the former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar

More than 6 million illegal weapons are circulating throughout Nigeria - the former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar


The former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, said that there are more than 6 million illegal weapons in circulation throughout Nigeria.

This was stated by Abu Bakr, Chairman of the National Peace Committee, during a dialogue session of the committee with key stakeholders in Abuja on Wednesday 7 April.

The meeting was attended by traditional rulers, including the Sultan of Sokoto Haji Muhammad Saad Abu Bakr III. John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Ekiti State Governor and Chair of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi; Plateau State Governor and Northern Governors Forum Chairman Simon Lalong; Religious leaders, heads of agencies, chief military officers, the police, and other security services.

He said that the proliferation of weapons increased insecurity in the country and resulted in the deaths of more than 80,000 people. Abu Bakr added that the challenges facing the country do not only lie in insecurity in the narrow sense of the military definition, but have taken on a comprehensive character.

He listed these challenges to include the Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, increased poverty, calls for the country to Balkanization from various quarters, the threat of hunger arising from the insecurity that farmers have faced and are still facing, and the growing sense of collective despair and despair among the population among others, he also pointed out. That the security forces are not only over-stretched, but also struggling with their power and funding.

Abu Bakr said.

“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.”