The federal government and the United Nations have signed two Memorandums of Understanding, or MoUs, to further improve the country’s counter-terrorism efforts.
According to a statement issued yesterday by Zakari Mijinyawa, Head of Strategic Communications Office of the National Security Adviser, the MoUs will aid in the country’s fight against terrorism.
“The Nigerian government, through the Office of the National Security Adviser, and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism have signed Memoranda of Understanding to further strengthen counter-terrorism efforts in the country,” according to the statement.
“Both parties stated at the signing ceremony in Abuja on August 30, 2023, that the documents were in furtherance of Nigeria’s collaborative efforts with the international community in combating the global menace of terrorism, which remains one of the most complex challenges to the peace, security, and stability of nations worldwide.”
“They also pledged continued collaboration to identify, collect, and disseminate good practises and lessons learned, as well as to explore new opportunities by promoting dialogue and partnership through the development of capacity-building activities.”
The National Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre, Rear Admiral Yem Musa, retd, who represented the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, said the two Memoranda of Understanding marked a watershed moment in Nigeria’s partnership with UNOCT towards enhanced collective counter-terrorism efforts.
Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Office of Counter-Terrorism, stated at the signing ceremony that the MoUs envisaged further cooperation in a variety of areas, including countering terrorist travel, financing terrorism, border and maritime security, and delivery of counter-terrorism training in Nigeria.
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