Paschal Emeka, Abuja
A former Presidential Candidate, in 2007 presidential election, and Director General National Task Force for the Prohibition of Illegal Importation/Smuggling of Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons, (NATFORCE) Chief Osita Okereke Emmanuel, OON, has called on the National Assembly to pass the National Commission for the Prohibition of illegal importation of Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapons, Bill No 639 of 2014.
Chief Okereke, who was the presidential candidate of African Liberation Party, ALP, made the call during a press conference in Abuja.
“Let me remind us that the Bill “the National Commission for the Prohibition of illegal importation of Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapons (Bill No 639 of 2014 moved by Honourable Ibrahim Bello) has scaled through second reading in the House of Representatives while awaiting that of the upper Legislative Chamber,” he said.
He also used the opportunity to commend the speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dagara, for the promptness, of the lower legislative chamber, in passing their Bill for second reading, at the floor, while expressing the hope that the upper legislative chamber will follow suit when they resume sitting.
The Bill according to him, seeks to regulate and prohibit proliferation of fire arms and ammunitions, including light weapons in country.
He stressed on the important of the bill saying that it is very crucial to national development as its will end all forms of farmers/Fulani herders’ crisis as well as curtail proliferation of fire arms.
He urged security agencies in the country not to see their emergence as a threat, but as friends in the Nigeria project, adding that security situation in the country now should not be tackled by one agency no matter how much they claim to have been equipped.
On the state of the nation, Chief Okereke frowned at the habit of politicians, to defect from one political party to another, claiming that such negative trend is only possible in Nigeria, because most politicians are political prostitutes, out to discredit President Buhari’s 2019 re-election ambition.