During the launch, President Buhari promised to protect Nigerians and secure the country’s territory from the menace of Boko Haram and other violent extremists.
Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the launch, President Buhari Described activities of Boko Haram as mindless killing of children and innocent citizens.
He assured that his administration believes a robust counter terrorism strategy is crucial in fight against terrorism and must be constantly reviewed from relevance to contemporary challenges.
According to him, the launch of the reviewed counter-terrorism strategy, underscores the fact that terrorism has numerous ideologies, not static and response must be dynamic and versatile.
Buhari stressed that while many people are being released from captivity, the government is faced with severe challenge and malnutrition.
Meanwhile,, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), said that the revised strategy explains what organisations and individuals can do to help in its implementation in order to reduce the risks of terrorism and ensure that people go about their lives freely and with confidence.
According to Monguno, “NACTEST is organised around five streams aimed to forestall, secure, identify, prepare and implement with key objectives and indicators to effectively ensure monitoring and evaluating successes at each stage”.
He said that ONSA has developed a benchmark framework for the evaluation of the implementation of NACTEST, which has now been reviewed to include salient areas like the Nigeria Countering Violent Extremist Program, which are two very critical pillars in the fight against terrorism and engendering sustainable peace.