Friday, 31 May 2019

Nigeria NSA, Military Set To Develop National Security Strategy on Banditry, Terrorism

Nigeria's Office of the National Security Adviser and the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja met to draw up a 2019 draft National Security Strategy, a policy document to tackle banditry, small arms proliferation, terrorism and kidnapping in the country.

The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), said the 2019 strategy document would serve as a framework of action to address security concerns, internal and external threats facing Nigeria.

The last national security strategy document was adopted in 2014 under the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.).

Monguno in his remarks at the validation session meeting of the 2019 National Security Strategy noted that the document was being formulated to provide direction for the military and other stakeholders in defeating the threats to Nigeria’s national interests.

His address was read by the Director, Policy and Strategy Office, Mr Aminu Lawwal.

The NSA said, “Nigeria has contended with various security challenges which include terrorism, kidnapping, militancy, small arms proliferation, banditry and pastoralists-farmers’ conflicts. The security of Nigeria remains not just the primary concern of the government but the number one and most important concern.

“Every security challenge, irrespective of where it occurs, potentially puts at risk the livelihood and well-being of citizens.

“The strategy will place emphasis on human security in order to enhance the social wellbeing of the citizenry. Therefore, we need to address socio-economic concerns such as poverty and unemployment as well as corruption, security and the economy which are the key focal points of this administration.

“The National Security Strategy document is designed to be reviewed after a five-year period or as the contemporary environment dictates. It is in this light that a committee was convened to collate inputs from a wide range of stakeholders comprising ministries, departments, agencies, civil society organisations and security experts.

“Most of the threats identified in the 2014 document are still present with us. We must thus continuously assess the current and future threat environment and develop appropriate resilience and capacity.”
The Chairman of the Review Committee and former ambassador to Angola, Layiwola Laseinde, said some new security threats currently facing the country necessitated a review of the 2014 document.

Culled from: Punch Newspaper

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