The current President of Nigeria whose name is Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), has requested and also inquired the Senate to consider two executive bills in order to fight insecurity in the country.
Nonetheless, the proposed laws are only meant to control and also to curb the accumulation and expansion of arms and also to regulate and also to restrain the importation and exportation of explosives in the country.
Also, they are the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill, 2021; and the Explosives Bill, 2021. The transmission of both bills was then supported and financed by two separate letters which are dated August 26 and 27, 2021, respectively.
The letters were also read and examine during plenary on Tuesday which was yesterday by Ahmad Lawan who is the current Senate President.
Muhammad Buhari, in the letter which was supported and also endorsed the Explosives Bill, 2021, clarified and elucidate that suggestion for the contemplation and consideration and eventual passage of the bill was made pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
According to his words, he said, ” The Explosives Bill, 2021 seeks to repeal the Explosives Act, 1964 and enact the Explosives Act to oversee and also legislate not only the manufacture, storage, possession, use, distribution, purchase, sale, transportation, but also the importation and exportation of explosives and for related matters. ”
In the second letter, the President therefore proceeded and continued to request and solicit the upper chamber to consider and analyze the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill, 2021 as a means to prevent and avert the spate of insecurity and insurgency all across the country.
The letter read in part, ” Pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I forward herewith, the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill, 2021 for the kind consideration of the Senate. ”