President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the support of the United Nations counter-terrorism bodies to overcome terrorism in Nigeria.
He made the appeal in while addressing the virtual 75th Session of the UN General Assembly through a pre-recorded video statement.
Buhari said Nigeria is “still facing violent extremism” from insurgents, describing terrorism as “a harsh reality”.
“The litany of sophisticated terrorist attacks across the globe is a harsh reality of the challenges the world is facing today. We must therefore redouble our efforts to ensure collective security.
“In Nigeria, we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits. 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.”
He also stated that Nigeria had passed human rights-related bills into law and launched a National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.
“This measure is designed to strengthen institutions, coordinate the prevention of violent extremism, enhance the rule of law, access to justice and human rights as well as engaging communities and building resilience and integrated strategic communication,” he added.
Buhari expressed Nigeria’s “deep” concern over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly in Africa.
“We urge the international community to renew efforts to stem this traffic and promote the Arms Trade Treaty in order to codify accountability in the on-going battle against trans-border crimes, including terrorism and acts of piracy,” he said.
Speaking further, the president expressed Nigeria’s commitment to ongoing efforts by the UN to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
“We recall the adoption of the landmark Treaty on The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which opened for signature on 20 September 2017.
“Nigeria participated actively in the processes leading to its adoption and was an early signatory and ratifier.
“With less than ten ratifications needed for the TPNW’s entry into force, we urge other member states who have not done so to quickly ratify the Treaty for the actualization of its important objective,” he added.