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Saraki: Buhari Should Listen, Bandits Don’t Kill Along Party Lines –

Buhari should listen, bandits don’t kill along party lines: SarakiPresident Muhammadu Buhari has in a bid to restructure the nation’s security architecture approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons. Naija News reports that the development which was contained in a communique released by the presidency on Monday, May 3, confirmed the appointment of Retired Major General AM Dikko as the National Coordinator of the centre. It was revealed in the statement that the centre would be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser. The presidency explained that the decision is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats and strengthen the regional mechanism for the control, prevention and regulation of SALW. The statement reads further: “The NCCSALW replaces the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and shall serve as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research and monitoring of all aspects of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nigeria. “The impact of the proliferation of SALW across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, and insurrections in West Africa and Nigeria. “Therefore, as one of the measures in tackling this threat, the new Centre will be fulfilling the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on Import, Export, and Manufacture of Light Weapons as well as the UN Plan of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in SALW. “The NCCSALW will serve as the National Focal Point on SALW in Nigeria and lead a multi-stakeholder process involving Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and the Civil Society in implementing all national, UN and ECOWAS Plans of Action on the control of SALW. The centre will maintain international cooperation and also operate zonal offices in the Six Geopolitical Zones to ensure quick response and effective mobilization of resources. Naija News understands that the pioneer National Coordinator, Rtd Major General AM Dikko has served in various capacities in and outside Nigeria. He was a Course Director at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre and Chief Instructor of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre. T About Dikko, the statement revealed further that “he was also a Military Adviser, United Nation Office for West Africa, Director Peacekeeping Operations Defence Headquarters, Commander Operations LAST HOLD as well as Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, to mention a few. “The pioneer Coordinator has vast experience working with the ECOWAS and the UN system and is expected to operationalize the objectives of the NCCSALW,” it added. Meanwhile, popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has declared that past administrations as well as the government of President Muhammadu Buhari have not handled the issue of bandits correctly. Naija News reports that Buhari stated on Monday that the bandits have not been engaged enough and that is why there has been a recent increase in their activities.

“It might look like a long journey, but eventually, the truth will prevail, and the right thing will be done.”

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the advice of the Peoples Democratic Party and other Nigerians that he may consider as critics to find a solution to the ongoing nationwide chaos in the country.

“When we talk about security, it’s not about political party. It affects all Nigerians,” he pointed out. “People who are losing their lives, I am sure some of them do not belong to any political party.”

Mr Saraki stated this at a world press conference of the major opposition party in Abuja on Monday. He pointed out that the PDP would continue to play its role in letting Mr Buhari’s regime be aware of its lapses.

According to him, his party will continue to put pressure through constitutional means in telling the government what they need to do.

“We will not get tired because when we see changes in the world, it has come through constitutional means,” said Mr Saraki. “It might look like a long journey, but eventually, the truth will prevail, and the right thing will be done.”

The PDP chieftain also expressed the hope that Nigeria would start a new journey to greatness in a short period and advised Mr Buhari to listen to the people in various communities of the country, especially on the issue of insecurity.

Speaking further, Mr Saraki noted, “So, that responsibility of government is to all of us as Nigerians, and we are speaking on behalf of all Nigerians that the right thing needs to be done.

“We will continue to do that through conscious constitutionally agreed procedures.”

(NAN)

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