The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw his recent executive order revoking firearms or short gun licenses in Nigeria. This is coming after the federal Government announced the revocation of fire Arm Licenses.
The house in their submission said many people would be left vulnerable and at the mercy of mindless criminals, terrorists, bandits and kidnappers if the order was not rescinded.
The call followed the passage of a motion of urgent national importance on the need for President Buhari to rescind the executive order to remove, revoke and banish all firearms certificates and licences throughout the country.
The member representing Bende Federal Constituency, Abia State, Nnenna Ukeje, who moved the motion, noted that the President’s order would strip the people of their rights to life and self-defense.
The lawmakers also urged Buhari to sign into law the bill on the establishment of a national commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
She said the legislation was not only a domestic law but also a treaty obligation meant to curb the inflow of illegal weapons that have been used in the theatre of wars.’’
Ukeje had expressed concern over the rising insecurity, leading to increased number of deaths from terrorism, kidnapping and banditry and other violent crimes.
A member, Simon Arabo, representing Kauru Federal Constituency, Kaduna State, said, “I think the reason why the President is taking the action is in the context of the overwhelming security challenges but those with licences do not contravene any law. The President cannot use executive order to override an act.”
Nkem Abonta representing Ukwa-East/Ukwa-West, Abia State said rather than suspend legitimate gun licences, efforts should be directed at getting illegal guns out of circulation.
Alabi Mojeed, representing Ede North, South/Egbedero/Ejigbo Federal Constituency, Osun State, regretted that the procedure for gun licensing had been shoddy.