Office of the National Security
Adviser (ONSA) in collaboration with the Government of the Netherland is
holding a 3-day Masterclass themed: ‘Strengthening Nigeria’s Implementation
of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing
and Countering Violent Extremism,‘ in Abuja.
The workshop which drew participants from various strata
of the society commenced on Wednesday 20th October, 2021 and is expected to
close on Friday 22nd October, 2021.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the
National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) expressed the
commitment of the Federal Government to strengthen its collaboration with critical
partners worldwide towards addressing the menace of terrorism and violent extremism
in the country.
who was represented by the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the
National Security Adviser (ONSA), Rear Admiral YEM Musa, noted that the
training was designed to further stimulate the existing collective
and collaborative efforts of the Government of Nigeria and partners towards ensuring
peace and stability in the country.
“This workshop is borne of the harrowing experience caused by
the non-state armed groups who have continued to unleash terror, killing innocent citizens, as well as the untoward activities of these insurgents
and the terrorists group
particularly in the North
East of the country which
have to a very large extent, debilitated economic activities in
the country and led to the displacement of people and communities,”
to him, “It is not in doubt that the take-away from previous Masterclasses organised
for Senior Officials of the Government of Nigeria and State Governments in collaboration
with the Government of Netherlands have had huge impact on our national efforts
to addressing and combating violent extremism at different levels in the country.
In fact, the calibre of senior officers of government that participated in these
past episodes of this Master Class are much better informed in the implementing
the Policy Frame Work and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent
The NSA added that as a nation which has experienced challenges
in combating terrorism and other forms of extreme violence and their devastating
effects, Nigeria has realised that Kinetic approach alone cannot adequately eradicate
the threat, therefore, the Government has also adopted a non-kinetic
approach by developing a Policy Framework and National Action Plan for PCVE.
The Policy Framework, he stressed, recognises the integrated
roles of government agencies with the larger society as critical by adopting a “Whole-of-Government and a “Whole-of-Society approach.
that the workshop was not only well-timed
of a very consequential and
momentous impact on Nigeria owing to the recent development in the country where
repentant insurgents are laying down their arms in large numbers and coming out
from the hoods in prodigious numbers too. “It is therefore, opportunistic for
all participants at this occasion to take advantage and leverage on the exchanges
that would take place in these few days to further help in addressing the issue
of terrorism in the country,” he stated.
Monguno expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation to the Delegation
and the Government of Netherlands for their unalloyed and unwavering support for Nigeria in the
fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
his remarks, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Nigeria, Harry Van
Dijk noted that Security was very strategic and critical for national development.
He therefore pledged the continued support of his country for Nigeria to overcome
the challenges of insecurity in the country.