Nigeria will be among first countries to sign UN arms trade treaty ? Minister, Gbenga Ashiru

Nigeria will be among the first countries to sign the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) adopted by the UN General Assembly in April, Gbenga Ashiru, the Foreign Minister said on Monday.
The treaty, the first of its kind to regulate the global trade in conventional arms, opened for signature in New York on June 3 and will enter into force after it has been ratified by 50 states.
“Nigeria played a key role in getting the treaty ready. Nigeria will be one of the first countries to sign it.
“I will sign iI on behalf of the country in New York soon,?? Ashiru wrote in an e-mailed comments in Abuja.
African states have emerged as strong champions of a robust ATT, since many of them suffer from the presence of a large number of illegal small and light arms.
In April, President Goodluck Jonathan constituted a committee on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons headed by Emmanuel Imohe,a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency
According to the president the committee was set up to keep faith with Nigeria?s pledge to work with the UN and other countries to stem the worrisome proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
The use of such weapons is creating insecurity and instability in Nigeria and other developing nations, the president?s spokesman, Reuben Abati said.


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