Buhari Launches Action Plan To Prevent Violent Extremism

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 28 launched a Policy Framework and National Action Plan to prevent and counter violent extremism.

The Action Plan is a three-year action plan to be implemented by ministries, departments, and agencies.

In his speech, the president said he believes faithful implementation will mitigate hate speech, twisted religious ideology, and violence in the country.

He calls on states and local governments to follow suit by drawing up their actions plan.

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“It was developed through consultations with Nigerians in and outside the government. I have directed that all ministries, departments and agencies institutionalise mainstream measures to address the root causes of violent extremisms while implementing programmes that builds the resilience of our people to recover from the consequences of violence,” he said.

The action plan is to be coordinated by the office of the National Security Adviser and is adopting the whole of government approach.

The core constituencies include youth and students, women and girls, families, school and teachers, community leaders, faith-based organisations and leaders, health and social workers, CBO, media and social media influencers, political leaders among others.

South-South Consultative Forum Pushes For More ‘Women Rights’

Nigerian Women Can Be Change Agents If Empowered- NGO FounderMembers of the South-South Consultative Forum, comprising Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Delta State, are pushing for more protection for women against alleged assault and battery. 

The forum also reviewed emerging issues on women, peace and security, as incorporated in the National Action Plan, which is in line with the discourse at the South South Zonal Consultation and Review Meeting on the National Action Plan, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 earlier held in Asaba last year.

In what was described as “absurdity”, the forum condemned as a “taboo” sexual assault and battery of women by men or their husbands in whichever circumstances, assuring that the forum would do everything to protect womanhood.

Participants at the forum, many of whom were women, deliberated intensively on women, peace and security issues affecting women nationwide, disclosing that over 16,000 cases of sexual harassment and alleged rape was recorded in 2016 across Nigeria.

Declaring the forum tagged “South South Consultation and Review Meetings on National Action UNSCR1325” open, the Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Reverend Omatsola Williams, said that the National Action Plan Meeting was informed by the United Nations Resolution 1325.

“Is to prevent and protect women from all forms of violence, promoting their issues, improving their participation in different spheres of the society and end impunity wherever the rights of women are violated through legal prosecution.

“We must protect the dignity of women, the forum is out to do this. In the recent times, we have found increasing cases of violence on women, especially battery, rape and assault. We want to put an end to such acts,” Reverend Williams added.