NSA Seeks Inter-agency Synergy For Effective Counter-Terrorism

NSA On Counter-Terrorism
Navy Commodore Yaminu Musa (rtd)

The Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has appealed to agencies involved in the counter-terrorism efforts of the Federal Government to stop all inter-agency rivalry.

The NSA said the competition limits the successes of government’s efforts to stamp out terrorism.

The NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), who was represented by Navy Commodore Yaminu Musa (rtd), made the appeal in Abuja at a meeting with Directors and Heads of parastatals involved in the counter terrorism crusade.

Mr Musa, who is the Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Strategy, noted that government agencies driving the anti-terror crusade must be proactive and united against the terrorists.

The Federal Government had launched a counter terrorism strategy in 2014, with much emphasis on the use of force.

Two years after, the strategy was reviewed to accommodate responses to humanitarian needs of liberated areas in Nigeria’s Northeast.

Tunisia’s President Vows To Fight Terrorism ‘Without Mercy’

tunisia-1Tunisia’s President, Beji Caid Essebsi, has vowed to fight terrorism “without mercy”, following a gun attack on the Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis that killed 19 people.

Seventeen tourists were killed in the attack, including visitors from Japan, Italy, Colombia, Australia, France, Poland and Spain, officials said.

Two Tunisians, one a police officer, were also killed in Wednesday’s attack.

President Essebsi said the country was “in a war with terror”.

 Critical Moment In Our History

“These monstrous minorities do not frighten us,” he said “We will resist them until the deepest end without mercy.

“Democracy will win and it will survive.”

Prime Minister Habib Essid said: “It is a critical moment in our history, and a defining moment for our future.”

At the time of the attack, deputies in the neighbouring parliamentary building were discussing anti-terrorism legislation.

Parliament was evacuated, but later reconvened for an extraordinary session in the evening.

Many Tunisians took to the streets of central Tunis to protest against the attack, waving flags and lighting candles outside the museum.

World leaders condemned the attack and expressed their support for Tunisia’s counter-terrorism efforts.

The UN Security Council issued a statement saying no terrorist action could reverse Tunisia’s path towards democracy.

The statement offered condolences to those affected by the attack, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, said the US would “continue to stand with our Tunisian partners against terrorist violence”.

Tunisia has struggled with Islamist extremism since its authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in January 2011.

Dozens of police officers and military personnel had been killed or wounded in violence blamed on militants including Islamic State.

The latest attack came a day after security officials confirmed the death in neighbouring Libya of a leading suspect in Tunisian terror attacks and the killings of two opposition figures.

Military Recovers More Territories In North East

The National Information Centre (NIC) saidmilitary the Nigerian Army has reclaimed more territories from the insurgents in the ongoing counter terrorism in the north east.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Director General of the National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said the Army is now in full control of these recovered territories in Borno and Adamawa states.

Over ten communities are said to have been recovered by the military including Mubi, Gamboru-Ngala, Hong, Monguno, Baga and Gombi.

Mr Omeri, however raised an alarm over what he described as ”continuous radicalization” and recruitment of Nigerian youths abroad into terrorist organisations.

In recent times, the military had said that it has recovered various territories that was taken by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Maj General Olukolade, the spokesman for the military had said that truck loads of rice, beans and other logistics meant for the terrorists operating around Baga were also captured.

He also said that the air and land operations had continued, with aggressive advance towards other designated communities and locations meant to be cleared in the ongoing offensive against the Boko Haram members.

National Assembly Tasked On Stabilising Nigeria’s Democracy

National-Assembly-NigeriaThe leadership of the National Assembly in Nigeria has been asked to ensure the nation’s democracy is not truncated with the postponement of the general elections.

Senator Bukola Saraki, representing Kwara Central at the National Assembly, made the call on Friday, after a meeting of members of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State.

The party members had held a close door meeting, with focus on the coming elections that had been postponed by the electoral body.

Dr Saraki stressed that the nation could not afford constitutional crisis, as a result of the shift in election date.

He urged the leadership of National Assembly to provide means of stabilising the democracy.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on February 7, shifted the elections from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11.

The electoral body said the decision was taken after ‘wide-reaching consultations’ with stakeholders.

Security agencies’ heads in the nation had advised the INEC to shift the election to enable the security agencies secure communities in the north-east that were under the control of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Last week, the military reclaimed Monguno and some communities around from the terrorist group, in its intensified counter-terrorism efforts.