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Insecurity: FG intensify non- kinetic measures to curtail violent extremism in Nigeria

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
22 February 2022   |   2:51 am
Apart from the vigorous physical combat against the dastardly activities of insurgency, the Federal Government has intensified

National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno

Apart from the vigorous physical combat against the dastardly activities of insurgency, the Federal Government has intensified measures to deploy non- kinetic approach to tackle violent extremism in country.

National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Major General, Babagana Monguno (rtd), gave the indication in Kano at the opening of a four-day security masterclass for North west, organised by the office of the NSA in collaboration with the government of Netherlands.

Monguno disclosed that decision to deploy soft approach in the eradication of extremism was informed by the complexity encountered in combating terrorism and other related threats to national security in Nigeria.

The NSA, who was represented by Head of Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism (PCVE) at the office of the NSA, Hajiya Mairo Abbas, revealed that the decision compelled the Federal Government to adopt Policy Framework and National Action Plan for PCVE, which was developed in 2017.

According to the NSA, the new strategy which paved way for non-kinetic handling encourage active participation of non-state actors in building networks of peace for safer and resilient communities across the country.

“This workshop, which is the fifth in its series, intends to strengthening the implementation of PCVE at states level, this involves Kano, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto. The intents was to build stakeholder’s capacity to understand the right application of key PCVE concepts and tools, while also improving coordination of PCVE stakeholders’ efforts at federal, states and local government levels.

“The stakeholders in the implementation of the PCVE blueprint include human rights actors, members of human rights and civil society movements and other key relevant actors in the society. We shall brainstorm and compare notes on security situation in various states represented here and we shall be empowering participants on how best to engage leadership in dialogue,” Hajiya Mairo noted.

Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, represented by Ayinde Soule-Kohndou, emphasised the obligation of Netherlands government to partner with Nigeria in building alternative understanding and capacity towards curtailing violence in the continent.

While declaring the workshop opened, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje identified effective synergy among security agencies and intelligent management of information through traditional and religion leaders, among critical measures being deployed to suppress major security threats in Kano.

The strategic security management workshop drawn participants among members of the civil society, religion and traditional rulers, security agencies and other critical non-state actors.

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