• Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

L-R: YEM Musa, National Coordinator, NCTC with Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism during a bilateral meeting at the ongoing CT Week in New York.

Federal Government wants the United Nations and Development Partners to strengthen support towards the implementation of the regional strategy for stabilisation, recovery and resilience of Boko Haram affected areas in Nigeria and other Countries of the Lake Chad Basin.

National Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser, Yaminu Musa made known the government’s desire at a side event of the ongoing Third United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week holding at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA.

The event is a biennial gathering of Member States and international counter-terrorism partners, with the theme “Addressing Terrorism through Reinvigorated Multilateral and Institutional Cooperation”.

According to the National Coordinator, the reintegration of the vast number of repentant and low-risk individuals associated with Boko Haram and ISWAP poses a significant new challenge for the government of Nigeria; hence the need for more international support to address the menace.

“In the last six years since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2349, Nigerian Government has undertaken several responses to address the impact of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin,” Mr Musa noted.

“These efforts had guided the 2022 Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act, the 2019 National Security Strategy, the 2017 National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, as well as the 2016 National Counter Terrorism Strategy,” he said.

While expressing gratitude for the tremendous support from the United Nations and its entities for the rehabilitation efforts in Nigeria, Mr Musa emphasised the need for more global awareness and support to address the inherent challenges and risks in reintegrating all categories of returning terrorists, especially those moving around sub-Saharan Africa.

“In the Lake Chad Basin region, the UN and Developmental Partners must continue to strengthen support towards the implementations of the regional strategy for stabilisation, recovery and resilience of Boko Haram affected areas,” he added.