On behalf of the National Security Adviser, I wish to welcome you all to the public presentation of Nigeria’s Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. The Counter Terrorism Centre in the Office of the National Security Adviser is committed to strengthening policy, strategies, programs, and the rule of law in countering terrorism and violent extremism,
Through our several units, we are leading the way in non-kinetic efforts in, providing knowledge, capacity and the analysis required by Nigeria’s law enforcement and security agencies. Our Joint Terrorism Analysis Branch ensures that intelligence fusion translates to increased success in the theatre of conflicts while at the same time building the evidence-base for policy formulation. The Explosive Devices Analysis Office (EDAO) is active in coordinating joint investigation of major Explosive Ordinance Devices (EOD) incidents, control and movement of explosive accessories and precursors substances nationwide. Housing the PCVE unit, the Counter Terrorism Centre has worked closely with experts locally and internationally, the civil society and media to open up the space for a people-centred and rule of law based counter terrorism efforts. Our dedication in this regard led to effective legislation in the form of the Terrorism Prevention Act, as amended in 2013. We have also developed a National Counter Terrorism Strategy and applied our focus to implementing aspects of the National Security Strategy. We have also committed to entrenching Strategic Communication as an element of national power, which we integrate in all that we do.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been able to do this and more through the leadership provided by the National Security Adviser. Slowly but surely, we are building the foundation for an effective security architecture in Nigeria. And today, we are sharing with you one of such efforts.
I am very pleased to highlight that the Policy Framework, which we present to you, has gone through wide consultation. The National Working Group included Government MDAs, Faith Based Organizations, Community Based Organizations, including women and youths who contributed in shaping the ideas and plans. Through the policy formulation process, we learnt from each other and sharpened our understanding of the root causes of violent extremism as it applies to Nigeria. We reviewed research materials and ensured that the policy is evidence -based. This are expressed in Part 1 under the strategic context. This part provides the underlining issues guiding the policy formulation. The policy aligns with relevant extant laws, regulations and conventions, both domestic and international, and also provides conceptual clarifications in line with our peculiarity in approach.
As we have developed the Policy framework, together, we will also work together to implement it across Nigeria. Government looks to the Civil society and the media to take this policy to individuals, families, villages and communities. A Whole of Society approach meant that WE all have critical roles to play. If you looked at Part 2 of the Policy Framework, you will see our Core Constituencies and guiding principles. We expect that schools, businesses, unions, students, teachers, health practitioners, and more stakeholders will jointly initiate activities that support our objectives. In all that we do, we are committed to rebuilding communities and livelihoods, defeating violent extremism through education and the rule of law.
Following session one, we will engage in an interactive session to discuss the Policy Framework and clarify any questions you might have. At the end, the success of this Policy will depend on our leadership, coordination and synchronization of efforts. Once again, I wish to extend my gratitude for the opportunity to welcome you to this event. It is my firm belief that we will succeed.
Thank you all and welcome to the Public Presentation of Nigeria’s Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria, support