By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—The President of Youths Enhancement Organization,(YEO, Ambassador Obinna Egbuka, has appealed to the United Nations to take decisive action to end what he termed “the irresponsible trade in conventional weapons across the globe”.

Obinna, who spoke in Owerri, ahead of this year’s World Youths Day,  said the appeal became expedient now as Nigeria grapples with increasing cases of kidnapping and armed robbery.

He argued “that trade in conventional arms costs over 1,000 lives a day worldwide, stressing that life is precious and inalienable and should not be destroy at will.”

Ambassador Egbuka was particularly pleased with the Director, International Action Network on Small Arms, IANSA, Miss Rebecca Peters, for supporting the recent discussion on Arms Trade Treaty, ATT, held in New York, United States of America.

Quoting Miss Peters, the YEO boss said: “To save lives, the ATT has to make sure that all states involved in the transfer of conventional weapons are held accountable to how those weapons are used”.

Continuing, Obinna said that “human right abuses, especially at the hands of those in possession of guns, result in huge levels of human suffering, adding that the campaign to control sale of arms started way back in 2003.”

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