2ndLR President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, flanked left and right by Sec-Gen of the Commonwealth, Amb. George Oguntade, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno Outside Lancaster House London, at CHOGM 2018.
The 25thCommonwealth Heads of Government meeting, with the theme “Towards a Common Future” was held in London, United Kingdom from 19 – 20 April, 2018. At the summit, Commonwealth Heads of Government, including President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, deliberated on how to contribute to a future that is fairer, more prosperous, more secure, and more sustainable.
Speaking at the Commonwealth Summit, President Buhari disclosed that in line with the provision of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration, Nigeria has already enacted cyber legislations, recognizes international conventions and best practices. The President affirmed Nigeria’s commitment to undertaking a National Cyber Risk Assessment by 2020, with a view to strengthening Nigeria’s National Cyber Security Strategy to promote socio-economic development, e-commerce and Investment. He maintained that support and expertise from the UK Government and other Commonwealth countries would be welcomed in this regards.
President Buhari disclosed that Nigeria has evolved her Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Policy Framework and National Action Plan as a complementary approach to combating terrorism in the country. He further noted that the Commonwealth through its Countering Violent Extremism Unit could support the implementation of Nigeria Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism National Action Plan.
To forestall terrorist accessibility to precursor items for making IED,the President maintained that Nigeria has emplaced strategic measures for controlling the importation, transportation, distribution, storage and usage of explosive, accessories, specified blends of fertilizers and other precursor chemicals.
While speaking on Nigeria’s initiatives and successes achieved in addressing violent extremism at a Side-Event hosted by Commonwealth Secretariat of the Countering Violent Extremism Unit during the CHOGM week, the National Security Adviser (NSA) stated that Nigeria’s Policy Framework for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism demonstrates Nigeria’s firm commitment to a strategic approach that adheres to international norms in countering and preventing violent extremism.
The NSA further stated that Consistent with the provisions of relevant international instruments, the Policy Framework incorporates the accepted international norms and good practices for preventing and countering violent extremism. It also envisages full collaboration with Nigeria’s neighbours, development partners, friendly countries, and regional, continental and international organizations that are active in global collective efforts against violent extremism. Nigeria is committed to strengthening access to justice system and respect for human rights and rule of law. To achieve this purpose, necessary actions aimed at reforming legal frameworks, policies and guidelines on CT and PCVE are being implemented.
The NSA disclosed that Nigeria is strengthening the competence of her security, intelligence, law enforcement and judicial agencies to guarantee effective crime prevention; prompt, certain, accountable, accessible, fair and impartial law enforcement in conformity with the Nigerian Constitution, human rights law and the rule of law. Nigeria believes that these actions will result in preventing grievances, which is one of the pathways leading to violent extremism, provide opportunities for alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, mediation and restorative justice to resolve conflict, avert perceptions of injustice and achieve sustainable peace.