NSA re­leases na­tional se­cu­rity strat­egy

The Punch - - NEWS - Olal­eye Aluko, Abuja

The Of­fice of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Maj.gen. Baba­gana Monguno (retd.), on Mon­day re­leased the 2019 Na­tional Se­cu­rity Strat­egy doc­u­ment to tackle the emerg­ing prob­lems of Boko haram’s al­liance with the Is­lamic State West African Prov­ince.

The NSA noted that the strat­egy doc­u­ment, which re­placed the 2014 doc­u­ment, would serve as a blue­print to deal with the “myr­iad of se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the coun­try.

Monguno stated that the strat­egy doc­u­ment would safe­guard the fun­da­men­tal rights of cit­i­zens and up­hold the na­tional in­ter­est and ob­jec­tives.

he said, “Nige­ria, like most na­tions, has con­tended with myr­iad of se­cu­rity chal­lenges that in­clude ter­ror­ism, kid­nap­ping, mil­i­tancy, small arms and light weapons pro­lif­er­a­tion, ban­ditry, and pas­toral­ists and farm­ers’ con­flicts. It was against this back­ground that the Na­tionai Se­cu­rity Strat­egy was con­ceived and for­mu­lated to con­tend with th­ese chal­lenges.

“This strat­egy un­der­scores the need to ad­dress the so­cio-eco­nomic con­cerns such as cor­rup­tion, which breeds poverty and unem­ploy­ment; in­se­cu­rity and the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the econ­omy.

“The 2014 doc­u­ment was sub­ject to re­view af­ter a 5-10 year pe­riod or as the con­tem­po­rary en­vi­ron­ment dic­tates. It is note­wor­thy that most of our con­tem­po­rary threats iden­ti­fied in the 2014 doc­u­ment are still po­tent. Added to our threats are the fast-de­vel­op­ing ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy, no­tably drone tech­nol­ogy.”

The NSA noted that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ex­pected Min­istries, De­part­ments and Agen­cies to look at the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Strat­egy and see where they were con­cerned.

“A Na­tional Se­cu­rity Strat­egy doc­u­ment is mean­ing­less if its con­tents are not holis­ti­cally im­ple­mented,” Monguno added.

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