President of the Nigerian Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has disclosed that the Fulani herdsmen acquire their weapons from neighbouring countries.
Saraki revealed this while speaking at the opening session of the Economic Community of West African State (Ecowas) parliament in Abuja on Wednesday.
He noted that there was a need for Ecowas parliament to find ways to deal with the growing insecurity in the region, especially with the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
”Nigeria is currently faced with the problems of herdsmen and farmers clashing with most of the weapons used coming from illicit acquisitions at the borders.
”The circulation of illegal arms within and across the states has increased the proclivity of conflicts within the sub-region,” Saraki said.
The senate president also commended the Federal Government for the recent rescue of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls.
”The problem of Boko Haram and terrorism remains a clear and present threat to the security of the sub-region.
”There is no doubt that we have made remarkable achievements in this area especially with the recent release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls.
”While we celebrate this achievement, we must not lose sight of the continuous threat Boko Haram and all the terrorist groups in the region pose as a destabilising factor for democracy across the length and breadth of the sub-region,” he said.