Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja urged the United
Nations not to treat terrorism as a local issue but as a common
challenge against the globe.
The President made the call at a cocktail he organised in honour of
participants at the regional conference on counter-terrorism in Abuja.
He called on the UN to come out stronger against terrorists and treat them as world’s common enemies.
``Terrorism is a menace to all of us. The world and indeed the United
Nations must come together and see terrorists as our common enemies.
``Those who throw explosives at people are not mentally-deranged. There
is no justification for this act. The earlier the world comes together
to confront it, the better for all of us.
``The UN should no longer treat terror as a local issue. People must be
able to live and travel freely without fear,’' Jonathan added.
The president expressed concern over the free movement of small arms and weapons across international borders.
He attributed the spate of armed robbery, rape and other crimes to the presence of small arms in the hands of non-state actors.
Jonathan urged the UN to take a position against those who manufacture ``the weapons of mass destruction”.
``We call on the UN to come out strong on existing treaties that are against the movement of small arms," he said.
Earlier, the National Security Adviser, Mr Sambo Dasuki, had observed
that the security situation in the country was improving due to
pro-active measures taken by government.