Obasanjo to lead discussion on how to end Boko Haram, extremism in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s former president will lead a national discourse on terrorism

The forum is being championed by Club de Madrid (CdM)

Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), will also give updates on the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North East

Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president, has agreed to lead a national discourse against violent extremism in Nigeria.

The forum is being championed by Club de Madrid (CdM), in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President (ONSA) with the support of Preventing Violent Extremism (PAVE) and European Union (EU).

In a statement issued by the Press Officer of CdM, Luis Pérez, in Jos, Plateau state capital, NSA, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), will also give updates on the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North East by the Nigerian security agencies.

He said the aim of the meeting is “to highlight the importance of delivering credible positive-narratives; bridging the gap between government and civil society actors; and to reorient narratives of political, community and religious leaders, and media towards tolerance, inclusion and dialogue.”

“The National Workshop will include case studies, thematic roundtables and focused attention on steps towards improving existing practices and policies on delivering alternative narratives to challenge violent extremism.

“On the first day, the ONSA will present the current challenges and opportunity for advancing a PCVE framework and action plan for Nigeria. Since 2016, the Federal Government of Nigeria has made important efforts in developing a National Policy Framework and Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. This framework seeks to guide the development of a national approach to tackle violent extremism.

“Thereafter, a Civil Society Working Group will be organized to discuss the role of civil society in Nigeria, their challenges and what needs to be done in order to strengthen civil society engagement in the implementation of the National Action Plan on P/CVE.

“The conclusions will then be presented to the key governmental and non-governmental actors in an advocacy effort to support national policy frameworks on this front. The outcomes of the Workshop will ultimately be incorporated in a final recommendations report – main outcome of the project – on delivering alternative narratives to counter violent extremism.”

Meanwhile,  the Presidency has promised to vigorously implement the new executive orders in its determination to significantly transform the business environment in the country.

The spokesman to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Mr Laolu Akande, made this known in a statement he issued on Sunday to give update on the new orders signed last Thursday.

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