May 27, 2024

Nigeria Takes Bold Stand Against Illegal Ivory Trade, Protecting Elephants



By: Ogunleye Oluwapelumi


In a resolute move, Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment to combatting the illegal ivory trade, calling upon the global community to join forces in preserving the existence of elephants.


The nation’s strong stance was emphasized by the Director-General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Aliyu Jauro. He highlighted the significance of destroying confiscated ivory as a tangible step towards eradicating wildlife trafficking. Nigeria’s actions not only protect these majestic creatures for future generations but also send a clear message that the country will spare no effort in safeguarding its elephants and other endangered wildlife.


Aliyu Jauro, the Director-General of NESREA, emphasized the global significance of Nigeria’s actions. He called upon the international community to join hands in the fight against wildlife trafficking, recognizing the importance of collective efforts to combat this pressing issue. Nigeria’s determination and commitment to protecting elephants and other endangered species serve as a beacon of hope for conservation efforts worldwide.


Commenting on the development, the Minister of State for Environment, Iziaq Adekunle Salako, said, “We are proud to stand at the forefront of the fight against the illegal ivory trade.


“Today’s ivory crush is a symbol of Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to wildlife conservation and the protection of our natural heritage. By destroying these confiscated ivory stockpiles, we send a strong message that wildlife trafficking will not be tolerated in our country.


“Nigeria is taking a firm stance, and we call on the global community to join hands in eradicating this illicit trade that threatens the very existence of our elephants.”


On his part, the Director-General, NESREA, Aliyu Jauro, said the destruction of the confiscated ivory was a tangible step towards stamping out wildlife trafficking.


“We stand united against the illegal ivory trade, and our actions today are not only crucial in preserving the majestic elephants for future generations but also in sending a clear message that Nigeria will do whatever it takes to protect our elephants and other endangered wildlife,” he stated.

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