President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday returned to Abuja from N’Djamena, Chad, where he took part in the one-day Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States.
At the Hassan Djamous International Airport N’Djamena to bid the Nigerian leader farewell were Chadian government officials, Nigerian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence, Jeoffrey Onyaema, retired Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau and retired Brig.- Gen. Mansur Dan Ali.
Others were Maj-Gen. Mohammed Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede; and the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Umar Farouq and the Nigerian Charge d’Affaire, Nasiru Waje.
At the summit in N’Djamena on Saturday, President Buhari raised alarm over the influx of small arms into Nigeria, saying such weapons “are flowing into the hands of militia forces, bandits and insurgents who are becoming a threat to human rights and internal security.’’
He, consequently, pointed out the need for wider cooperation among countries of Sahel and Saharan regions to counter the infiltration of these small arms to Nigeria.