Security Agencies, Nation’s Resources Overstretched By Terrorism, Laments Buhari
Deji Elumoye in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that Nigeria’s current security challenges have overstretched the deployment of security agencies and the nation’s resources.
The President, who spoke yesterday at the State House, Abuja during the launch of the National Crisis Management Doctrine (NCMD), also noted that the evolving state of insecurity, with the emergence of the Boko Haram terror group and other forms of criminal activities, had worsened fears among Nigerians.
He said: “The emergence of the Boko Haram terrorist group, as well as bandits and kidnappers in Nigeria considerably changed the country’s security situation, leaving panic in the minds of the populace.
“These and other security challenges confronting the nation tend to stretch the deployment of our security agencies, resources and national security apparatus.”
He was, however, of the view that the newly launched NCMD would strengthen the nation’s security by bridging the gap created by extensive deployment of security services through fostering collaboration amongst Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
According to him, the NCMD, which was developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), in coordination with relevant MDAs, would ensure greater successes in tackling national crises.
The President lauded the efforts of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd), his staff and members of the working group from various responder MDAs for the remarkable work in developing the Doctrine.
He described the feat as a significant milestone in recognition of the need for collective efforts towards achieving coordinated, effective and efficient national crisis management.
“This shows the renewed promise and commitment of this administration to managing the crisis in the country,” the President said, urging ONSA to continue to play its coordinating role amongst crisis response stakeholders, to achieve greater successes.
President Buhari also appreciated the British Government for its collaboration in the development of the Doctrine, as well as the United States Government for its support, urging them to sustain the relationship.
The President recounted that at the inception of his administration, Nigeria was faced with multiple security challenges ranging from terrorism, kidnapping, to armed banditry, ethnic militia attacks, oil theft, rape, gun running and various acts emanating from violent extremism.
“Owing to the dynamics of these crises, the Office of the National Security Adviser revised the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) which I endorsed in August 2016.
“Within this strategy are certain works streams which include preparing and implementing strands that seek to mitigate the impact of terrorist attacks by building resilience and redundancies to ensure continuity of business; and a framework for the mobilisation of coordinated cross-government efforts respectively.
“I am glad that the Office of the National Security Adviser has not relented in its efforts to implement the NACTEST by coordinating relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to develop the National Crisis Management Doctrine,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the NSA explained that work on the Doctrine started in 2014 but was given impetus after the President endorsed the revised NACTEST, which has five work streams, namely: Forestall, Secure, Identify, Prepare and Implement.
Monguno also added that the NCMD, which is a subset of the NACTEST, fulfills the work streams to ‘Prepare’ and to ‘Implement.’
According to him: “The Doctrine provides a detailed methodology for national crisis response, outlining how the various relevant MDAs should interact at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.
“It is to be noted that the NCMD can be used to manage both malicious threats and civil emergencies owing to the general principles set out within it.”