The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, has solicited the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) to tackle the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
Mr Monguno stated that Nigeria and the sub-region needed the international community to support and sustain the country’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
He also expressed Nigeria’s readiness to collaborate with UNOCT in rendering humanitarian support for victims of terrorism in Nigeria’s North-East.
The NSA added that Nigeria had a working relationship with UNOCT and would continue to partner with it to combat terrorism in the country and the sub-region.
“The focus of my discussion with the Under-Secretary-General of UNOCT was mainly to look at current and emerging issues on counter-terrorism and extreme violence,” he said. “I discussed the need for us to look at new challenges in a more comprehensive manner, especially looking at the non-kinetic aspects of fighting terrorism and violent extremism.”
Mr Voronkov added, “These are no longer solely Nigeria issue but a completely regional problem. I also told him that Niger, Cameroon, Chad had their own inherent peculiar problems, which is capable of slowing their progress with us in the Multinational Joint Task Force.’’
Mr Monguno stressed the need to look at ways to involve all the countries across the globe in dealing with terrorism, particularly in a non-kinetic manner.
He said the issues of small arms, light weapons, and other problems had affected the country’s fight against counter-terrorism and violent extremism.
According to him, the UN counter-terrorism chief has given assurances of partnering Nigeria and canvassed other countries focusing on the fight against terrorism to join hands together with Nigeria.
“We have been collaborating on softer issues of building trust within the local communities, issues of regulating non-governmental organization are in working with the people,” he added. “Also, UNOCT is trying to work with some institutions in Nigeria like the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs on ways to build the institutions of government together to deal with those areas that we cannot deal with using military force.’’