The National Security Adviser (NSA) Major General Babagana Mohammed Monguno (rtd) has said that the National Orientation Agency (NOA), through its Chief Orientation and Mobilization Officers (COMOs) has a critical role to play in mobilizing, sensitizing and educating people against Violent Extremism in their various communities.
The National Security Adviser who was represented by the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre (CCTC) Rear Admiral YEM Musa made this remarks in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Tuesday 4 of September 2018, at the commencement of a four-day Masterclass for Senior Government Officials from both Federal and State levels.
The Masterclass which was held from 4- 7 September 2018, was organized by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands and facilitated by Human Security Collective to build capacity of COMOs in the Northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in engaging communities to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism (PCVE), in line with component 3 of the Nigeria’s Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and countering Violent Extremism.
The NSA noted that following the Presidential directive, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are required to include PCVE tasks into their annual budgets. He encouraged states and local Governments to mirror and develop Action Plans that are relevant and specific to their communities in addressing the threat of violent extremism. The COMOs were urged to work closely with Community Leaders, Faith Based Organisations, Civil Society Organisations, Youths and women organisation to build community resilient.
Speaking also, the Regional Political Adviser, from the Embassy of the Netherlands in Nigeria, Vincent Roza stressed the need for better cooperation between Nigeria and Netherlands in order to protect societies, values, communities and families from the threat of violent extremism. He further emphasized the need to exchange experiences and learn from each other with the goal to strengthening ties between the two countries.
He noted that since the last masterclass which was held in 2017 in Kaduna, Nigeria has made significant strides in countering the threat of violent extremism. These include military operations in curtailing the influence of Boko Haram, as well as the launch of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for PCVE, which re-energizes efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism through civilian means.
The representative of the Embassy further reiterates his country’s interest to continue its multifaceted engagement with Nigeria on P/CVE at the Federal, State and local levels.
At the end of the masterclass, the COMOs are expected to develop Action Plans based on lessons learned towards implementing community engagement and resilience building initiatives in support of recovering communities affected by terrorism.