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Terrorism in Nigeria, a global threat – Monguno

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National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno
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The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, has urged international community to see the threat of terrorism in a particular country as a threat to global peace and security.

Monguno made the call at the ongoing United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of member states in New York.

The message is contained in a statement by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that the complex nature of terrorism and other transnational organised crimes required international collaboration to be able to deal with it decisively.

Monguno said terrorism had continued to manifest as vicious and relentless global threat, recognising no border, nationality and all religions.

The NSA added that terrorism had become a contemporary weapon of violence for non-state actors in this era of globalisation.

According to him, preventing terrorist attacks, safe-guarding borders, empowering national police, improving the criminal justice system, curbing elicit financial flows and halting the abuse of drugs and hard substances remain extremely daunting challenges for most nations, including Nigeria.

“I can say with total conviction that apart from pandemics, natural disasters and the climate itself, today the greatest threat to the existence of human race is the global scourge of terrorism.

“The fallout of activities associated with terrorists have collectively heightened insecurity in the greater part of Africa with serious economic, social and political implications for its people.

“In the North Eastern part of Nigeria, the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and the so called the Islamic State West Africa Province with known affiliation to other international terror networks such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda, have continued to undermine the security and livelihood of the people.

“They are at the same time overlapping into neighbouring countries of the Lake Chad Basin.

“It was disclosed that over a million persons have been internally displaced in the communities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, while more than seven million people remain in need of humanitarians assistance in North Eastern Nigeria,” he said.

The NSA said that social media platforms was being used by terror groups to propagate ideologies, recruit youths, radicalise them, instill fear in targeted community and deflate the morale of defence and security forces.

He stated that the terrorists’ approach was to portray the government as incapable of guaranteeing the protection and well-being of its population.

Monguno said that the Nigerian government had continued to confront the challenges by setting up new structures and national institutions as well as empowering them.

According to him, the federal government has improved the coordination of humanitarian supports for non-government organisations by creating the Ministry of Humanitarians Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the establishment of the National Commission for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons as well as National Commission for the Coordination of Cyber Security.

He also said that the government had empowered the National Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to trace the sources of funding of terrorist organisations.

NSA further noted that the funding commitment of the government to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) had continued to yield results, diffusing tensions and curbing the activities of Boko Haram and ISWAP within the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin.

He expressed Buhari’s commitment in working with all nations, not just those in the sub region and the African continent, but the entire international community. (NAN)

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Army Has No Desire To Truncate Nigeria’s Democracy — COAS

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, on Tuesday, restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend the nation’s choice of government, democracy.

Addressing participants at a seminar on career planning and management organised by the Army headquarters, the COAS said the Army has no plans to truncate democracy in the country.

He charged officers of the Nigerian Army to remain above board in the discharge of their professional duties.

“Permit me to seize this opportunity to reiterate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, particularly the Nigerian Army has come to terms with the country’s choice of democracy as the preferred system of governance,” he said during his address to officers.

“We are therefore agents of democracy and have no desire to truncate it. The Nigerian Army will continue to defend our constitution and not suspend it for whatever reason.

“It is the duty of our elected leaders to lead while the military does its job as enshrined in our constitution. Nigerian Army personnel must therefore remain professional and be above board as they discharge their constitutional duties.”

The commitment by the COAS followed the series of putsches in West and Central Africa which have experienced at least seven military takeovers in the last four years.

Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and most recently, Niger Republic — all members of the Economic Community of Western African States ( ECOWAS) — have pulled out from the regional bloc in last four years. Outside of West Africa, Chad and Sudan also experienced military coups in 2021.

 

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Economic: Defence Chief Warns Coup Advocates

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The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has warned against advocating for a coup due to economic hardship, emphasizing patience and the superiority of democracy.

He made this known on Thursday while speaking with journalists at the Nigerian Army 6 Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after commissioning some building projects.

General Musa urged individuals promoting military takeover to cease such statements.

The Chief of Defence Staff had earlier commissioned the newly constructed Entrance Gate and Officers Transit Accommodation at the 6 Division Headquarters.

Protests have occurred in Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Niger and some parts of the country in the last few weeks over the hardship experienced in the country as Nigerians lament food inflation, high cost of living, amongst other harsh living conditions occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy, forex crisis, amongst others.

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Security: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading

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A Constitution Amendment Bill to introduce state police has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, which was sponsored by 13 members of the House, enjoyed support from majority of the lawmakers in the green chamber who believed that concerns of political victimisation by state governors, should take the backseat to the current state of insecurity across the country.

Last week, President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors considered the creation of state police as solution to the menacing security challenges like kidnapping and banditry ubiquitous in the country.

State police has been a subject of controversy since the Seventh National Assembly and has failed to make it through the amendment phase.

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently restated their position on state policing, as the solution to the country’s worsening security situation, lamenting that Nigeria is “almost on the road to Venezuela”.

Also, regional socio-political groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, have repeatedly called for state police as solution the myriad of increasing security challenges confronting the nation.

Already, states in the South-West geopolitical zone have formed the Amotekun while their counterparts in the South-East also created state-owned security outfit Ebube Agu. The Benue Guards has also been operational in Benue State in the North Central while states like Katsina, Zamfara and other bandit-prone sub-nationals have also come up with similar state-established outfits.

However, these outfits have not been effective as anticipated as they don’t have the backing of the Federal Government or the Presidency while states continue to demand that Amotekun, Ebube Agu and others are granted license to bear assault rifles like AK-47 to confront lethal gun-toting marauders.

 

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