18th August, 2011
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has called for a global regulation of small arms, in order to check increasing cases of trans-border crimes, restiveness and insurgencies.
The President was speaking during a farewell visit by the outgoing Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Anneli Vuorine, at State House, Thursday.
He said Finland and Nigeria share similar positions on several global issues, such as the need to take global action to check the free movement of small arms, peace-keeping, and human trafficking.
President Jonathan said, â€œglobal regulation of the movement of small arms will help to check trans-border crimes and insurgencies,â€ adding that Nigeria would continue to canvass that position.
He congratulated the out-going Ambassador for stimulating trade relations between the two countries and her other achievements, and thanked her for these efforts.
Earlier, Ms. Anneli Vuorine said she was impressed by â€œhard working, devoted and inspiring Nigeriansâ€ she met during her 3-year stay in the country, adding that her tenure was â€œinteresting and historicâ€.
She congratulated President Jonathan for the success of Nigeriaâ€™s conflict resolution and peace-building activities in West Africa, and said efforts were on-going to utilise Nigeriaâ€™s facilities for joint peace-keeping training.