Shell Nigeria Yudala
NACTEST: Osinbajo and the revised counter-insurgency campaign, by Yushau A. Shuaib

By Yushau A. Shuaib on 14/09/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 600


  The Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria is not just an ordinary person. Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is an accomplished scholar, award-winning legal practitioner, a respected Church Pastor and man of seeming impeccable character. He and his family have displayed enviable character of humility and simplicity.

As the second most powerful citizen in the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo serves as the Chief Coordinator on the Economy akin to Coordinating Minister on the Nigeria’s economy. He heads the economic team and to some extent, largely endorses and appoints members into the team.
With such fantastic attributes and excessive power, especially on the economy, one should have expected that he would not behave typical of Nigerian politicians, who, rather than facing and addressing the real economic realities would accuse oppositions or previous administrations for every fault.
While representing President Buhari at the launching of the revised National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST), Professor Osinbajo repeated the blame-games, the feature of the administration by claiming that the escalation of war on terror was the handiwork of corrupt military officers and political leaders in the previous administration. (www.goo.gl/V212XF)
The blame game as usual continued as he said little in his speech about NACTEST. While accusing previous governments of sabotage, the media is currently awash with a report that a Brigade Commander and some soldiers were selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram terrorists in the current dispensation. Such reports do not mean that the ongoing military operations have failed. (www.goo.gl/XnPdzx)
It is nevertheless interesting to note that the current National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) went straight to the point to disclose the benefits of the revised NACTEST strategy. He explained what organisations and individuals could do to help in its implementation in order to reduce the risks of terrorism and ensure that people go about their lives freely and with confidence. (www.goo.gl/rUyQz1)
According to Monguno, “NACTEST is organised around five streams aimed to forestall, secure, identify, prepare and implement with key objectives and indicators to effectively ensure monitoring and evaluating successes at each stage.”
Also speaking, the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre (CTC), Commodore Yem Musa, said that ONSA in furtherance of the national counter terrorism efforts developed the “National Terrorism Levels” document to guide MDAs on measures to be taken on receipt of information on a likely terrorists’ attack.
Musa said that the document, which outlines the alert levels and the actions to be carried out when a terrorism alert level is declared is in five levels including: Critical (Red) – Attack is imminent; Severe (Orange) – Attack is highly likely; Substantial (Yellow) – Attack is a strong possibility; Moderate (Blue) – Attack is possible but not likely; and Low (Green) – Attack is unlikely.
What was not disclosed at the launching is the fact that NACTEST was a programme conceived and introduced in 2014 by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki to counter terrorism under a soft-approach programme. While unveiling NACTEST in March 2014, the then NSA Sambo Dasuki said the strategy was developed by his office in collaboration with international partners, experienced academics and selected non-state actors. He said that the strategy was developed taking into account the root causes of terrorism, adding that the approach was to understand the problem in order to apply appropriate solutions.
Dasuki added that NACTEST focused on key points including increasing the capacity of government institutions and relevant agencies in handling extremists. The strategy was developed to offer a key blueprint for law enforcement agencies to combat terrorists.
During an interaction with the media, Dasuki had said: “What we have learnt is that there is not one particular path that leads to terrorism; rather, there are many often complicated paths that led to terrorism. The NACTEST seeks to prevent attacks before they happen by preventing our people from becoming terrorists in the first place.”
The soft approach to counter terrorism developed a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme that is vertical and involves the three tiers of government – federal, state and local. The programme is also horizontal, involving civil societies, academics, traditional, religious and community leaders.
The NACTEST programme utilises existing structures within and outside government to deliver targeted programmes and activities that further the overall objective of stemming the tide of radicalism. The soft approach programme provides the country a framework that identifies roles and responsibilities of every segment of the society.
With the revised NACTEST document under the current NSA, Monguno, there should be a sustained monitoring and evaluation framework that would track the implementation of each stream of the CVE programme.
The revised document is a further consolidation of counter terrorism efforts. It should also ensure that the measures being adopted on counter-terrorism processes conform to the dictates of the law and adhere strictly to the rules of engagement and human rights norms as was canvassed in the past.
The current Office of the National Security Adviser must be commended for not only initiating new direction in intelligence gathering and coordinating counter insurgency campaign but also for revising the content of NACTEST to ensure its effective deployment.
It is necessary to caution political office holders to be conscious of their utterances in their blame-games campaigns, especially on security issues. It is also a crime to criminalise innocent officials that are not being convicted by competent court of law. Majority of officers that served in the previous administration are also serving in the current administration diligently and responsibly unless they are recently retired. Terrorism issues should not be politicised, because history is the best judge even if some are forgetful.
•Yushau A. Shuaib writes from Abuja. He can be reached on yashuaib@yahoo.com; www.yashuaib.com. Photo shows Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Source News Express

Posted 14/09/2016 06:13:07 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

 

You may also like...
NDIC admonishes Jaiz Bank

Court adjourns trial of TB Joshua, other Synagogue...

Keshi set to win maximum points against Chad...

UNICEF vaccinates 4.7 million North-East children against measles...

Buhari sacks Chief Security Officer with immediate effect...

Kenya sends team to Nigeria to study EFCC’s...

Of APGA, Mike Udah and Victor Umeh

Rapper shot dead in hometown club

Uduaghan calls for repositioning of local government system...

20 shops belonging to immigrants looted in South...

Senate President David Mark escapes death as gunmen...

Missing oil $billions: I don’t know what to...

 

Latest News Kidnap: Court sends traditional ruler to prison BREAKING: SGF makes U-Turn, agrees to appear before Senate Zenith Bank shareholders approve N63.4b dividend, applaud performance Weatherman predicts sunshine and haze today in the North, cloudy conditions elsewhere Nigerian Navy deploys ships, helicopter for Obangame Express 3 more roundabouts to be removed in Lekki next week: Ambode •Says Ajah Flyover ready by May Iheanacho’s property: ‘Imo CP served, expected to arrest affected govt. officials’ FG behind attacks on Amnesty International — Intersociety and SBCHROs Naira makes big gains against dollar Niger Gov wants Minna Airport as alternative to Abuja Why I can’t join APC — Fayose Fidelity Bank lends a helping hand to students of Special Education Centre, Calabar

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (234,257 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (212,831 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (177,007 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (161,779 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (150,313 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (132,931 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (116,308 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (115,512 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (103,075 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (98,624 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (93,242 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (88,929 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (27) Business (2,495) Business Verdict (14) Columnists (653) Complaints & Requests (81) Enterprise & Opportunities (142) Entertainment (292) Features (406) Global Business Monitor (142) International (1,306) Interviews (116) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (46) News (22,614) Opinion (659) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,622) Religion (488) Sports (1,241) Stock Watch (15) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

JAMB Sale of 2016/2017 UTME/DE applications

 

CBN Advert

 

Mohammed Anas thanks 'wife and girlfriend' (full interview)

 

APO Newsbreak logo

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!