A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), has said that there are six (6) million ammunition in illegal circulation in Nigeria.
Abubakar, who stated that the insecurity currently bedeviling the country has claimed the lives of over 80,000 Nigerians and displaced more than 3 million citizens, expressed concern that the proliferation of all calibre of weapons in the country may tear the country apart if nothing is done fast.
He spoke at a dialogue session of the committee with key stakeholders in Abuja, on Wednesday.
The former Head of State 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 6 million of such weapons in circulation in the country. This certainly exacerbated the insecurity that led to over 80,000 deaths and close to 3 million internally displaced persons.”
“The security agencies can perform better with more sophisticated weapons, equipment and more funding,” he added.
“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,” he said.