New York: The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno solicited the support of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) to tackle the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
Monguno told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that Nigeria and the sub-region needed the international community to support and sustain the country’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
Monguno also expressed Nigeria’s readiness to collaborate with UNOCT in rendering humanitarian support for victims of terrorism in Nigeria’s North-East.
The NSA said Nigeria has had a long working relationship with UNOCT and would continue to partner with it to combat terrorism in the country and the sub-region.
NAN reports that the Nigerian security officer held a closed-door meeting with the Under-Secretary-General of UNOCT, Vladimir Voronkov, on the margins of the ongoing UN General Assembly.
“The focus of my discussion with the Under-Secretary-General of UNOCT was mainly to look at current and emerging issues on counter-terrorism and extreme violence,” he said.
“I discussed the need for us to look at new challenges in a more comprehensive manner, especially looking at the non-kinetic aspects of fighting terrorism and violent extremism.
“These are no longer solely Nigeria’s issues but a completely regional problem.
“I also told him that Niger, Cameroon, Chad had their own inherent peculiar problems, which is capable of slowing their progress with us in the Multinational Joint Task Force,” he said.
According to him, the UN counter-terrorism chief has given assurances of partnering with Nigeria and also canvassed other countries of the world that are focusing on the fight against terrorism to join hands together with Nigeria. (Souce: allafrica.com)