Buhari wants US, China, others to destroy nuclear weapons

Buhari says nuclear weapons are the 'ultimate agents of mass destruction'.

President Muhammadu Buhari [Presidency]

President Muhammadu Buhari is not a big fan of nuclear weapons and has called for their total elimination from the world.

Eight countries in the world are known to possess operational nuclear weapons, but there are also international agreements that prohibit new nations from developing them.

Buhari described nuclear weapons as the 'ultimate agents of mass destruction' in his address at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 24, 2021.

He said Nigeria remains committed to nuclear non-proliferation agreements, and further noted that disarmament conventions deserve support of all nations.

"Their total elimination should be the final objective of all disarmament processes within the broad spectrum of goals being pursued by the United Nations," he said.

The 78-year-old promised that Nigeria will press with his demands of 'a world free of nuclear weapons' during the forthcoming Review Conference of the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, and also the First Meeting of States Parties to the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The events will take place within the first quarter of next year.

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