By Najem Francis, Sokoto
The United Nations is in support of home-grown solutions that will lead to the strengthening of peace and stability in all parts of Nigeria, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for West Africa and Sahel, Muhammad Ibn Chambas, has stated.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Chambas said the UN system in Nigeria would continue to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure peace and sustainable development of the country.
Governor Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, in a statement quoted Chambas as saying that the global body firmly believed in the unity of Nigeria, and would continue to support all its organs for rapid socio-economic development.
“The peace and unity of Nigeria is very important to the global community. We commend efforts aimed at promoting peace in the country. Let me applaud the work done by the Abdulsalami Abubakar-led peace committee especially during the transition period in 2015.
“As the next election circle approaches, we expect others to play similar or related roles in ensuring peace and stability,” he added.
In his remarks, Tambuwal sought support from leading international organisations for an end to proliferation of small arms not just in Nigeria, but also in all conflict prone areas of the world.
He commended Chambas for his concern for peace in the country, saying as someone who had spent a large part of his working life in Nigeria, he was now a stakeholder in the Nigerian project.
He appealed to the envoy to support Sokoto state in the key areas of agriculture, development of small and medium scale industries as well as education and health.