With a “whole-of-government”, “whole-of-society” approach, FG confident in controlling violent extremism
Michael Olugbode in Abuja
National Security Advisor Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) said yesterday that the federal government has taken a soft approach to tackle and contain the security challenges in the country by developing a political framework and a plan National Action Plan for the Prevention and Combating of Violent Extremism (PCVE) labeled: “Whole of government” and “Whole of society” approach.
Monguno, however, alluded to this approach in Abuja, during the National Conference on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) in Nigeria organized by ActionAidNigeria and funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). .
The NSA, which was represented by Counterterrorism Center coordinator Rear Admiral Yaminu Musa, said a document titled “Partnership for Safer and Resilient Communities” provides the framework for programming and commitments on PCVE in Nigeria and recognizes the integrated roles of government agencies with society as a whole as critical in taking a “whole-of-government approach” and a “whole-of-society approach”.
He added that the policy framework encouraged the active participation of government ministries, departments and agencies, as well as key stakeholders from different sectors of civil society such as religious actors, youth, teachers, women, organizations. law enforcement officials, the media and the community. -based organizations.
“This is essential for building networks of peace that create safe and resilient communities across Nigeria, in which human rights and the rule of law guide the approach to countering violent extremism.
“We have improved the execution of our national counterterrorism strategy, which provides an important framework for coordinating Nigeria’s counterterrorism efforts and mainstreaming the rule of law while bringing terrorists to justice,” he said. he declared.
ActionAid Nigeria Country Director Ene Obi said the worrying trend in recent years has been the threat of radicalism and violent extremism.
She lamented that Nigeria still ranks 3rd in the category of most terrorized countries in the world just behind Afghanistan and Iraq, according to statistics from the 2020 Global Terrorism Index.
Obi said the gap between the world’s least and most peaceful countries continued to widen as Nigeria ranked 136th in the recently released Global Peace Index (GPI) (2021) by the Institute of Economics. and Peace (IEP).
According to her, the theme of the PCVE national conference, which was the localization of the policy framework and national action plan for PCVE aligns with ActionAid Nigeria’s goal of building lasting peace through the empowerment approach. systems and structures against radicalization towards violent extremism (SARVE 11) project implemented in the states of Kongo and Nasarrawa with funding from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF).
She explained that they had succeeded in involving 20,800 young people with 1,614 people (youth – 600 men, 505 women: 509 adult women) supported, with valuable life skills and starter kits, which keeps them productive, reducing their vulnerability to violent extremist recruitments.