NSA, armed forces draw up 2019 National Security Strategy
The Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA and the armed forces, Thursday, met on Thursday in Abuja to draw up a policy document to tackle banditry, small arms proliferation, terrorism and kidnapping in the country, the National Security Strategy.
The new document is to replace the existing one that was drawn up in 2014 under former NSA, Sanbo Dasuki.
Speaking at the validation meeting, the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), said the 2019 strategy document would serve as a framework of action to address security concerns, internal and external threats facing Nigeria.
Monguno in his address at the validation session meeting of the 2019 National Security Strategy, read by the Director, Policy and Strategy Office, Aminu Lawwal, noted that the document was being formulated to provide direction for the military and other stakeholders in defeating the threats to Nigeria’s national interests.
The NSA said: “Nigeria has contended with various security challenges which include terrorism, kidnapping, militancy, small arms proliferation, banditry and pastoralists-farmers’ conflicts.
The security of Nigeria remains not just the primary concern of the government but the number one and most important concern.
“Every security challenge, irrespective of where it occurs, potentially puts at risk the livelihood and well-being of citizens.
“The strategy will place emphasis on human security in order to enhance the social wellbeing of the citizenry. Therefore, we need to address socio-economic concerns such as poverty and unemployment as well as corruption, security and the economy which are the key focal points of this administration.
“The National Security Strategy document is designed to be reviewed after a five-year period or as the contemporarynenvironment dictates. It is in this light that a committee was convened to collate inputs from a wide range of stakeholders comprising ministries, departments, agencies, civil society organisations and security experts.
“Most of the threats identified in the 2014 document are still present with us. We must thus continuously assess the current and future threat environment and develop appropriate resilience and capacity.”