- The federal government said it is focused on defeating terrorism
- It said the country has taken steps that have led to successful operation
- It said all Nigerians were united in the desire to see Boko Haram defeated
The federal government has said that Nigerians of all ethnic groups are all united in the quest to defeat Boko Haram.
Premium Times reports that Hussein Abdullahi who is the former under-secretary, Regions and International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made this statement while delivering Nigeria’s statement on ‘Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism’ at the UN headquarters in New York.
He expressed regret over the activities of Boko Haram but said Nigeria has taken several key measures to combat the group.
He said: “In August, 2016 President Muhammadu Buhari launched the revised National Counter-Terrorism Strategy, NACTEST and urged Nigerians to team up to win the psychological battle against terrorism.
“The President called for multi-sectoral collaboration and urged all government establishments to cue into NACTEST for maximum achievements.
“The revised strategy was meant to confront the dynamism of the perpetrators and involve all stakeholders in the battle by encouraging Nigerians to unite against terror in spite of their religious, tribal and political leanings.
“Since the president’s launch of this revised National Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Nigerians have equipped themselves psychologically to win the war against the terrorist group. The strategy succeeded in uniting Nigerians from all walks of life towards defeating Boko Haram. It also encourages religious leaders to use their various places of worship to enlighten their followers through a change of mindset to embrace morality and love of God.”
“Nigerian forces have been able to clear Boko Haram out of many areas in the North-east by reclaiming territories captured by the organisation and restoring peace and stability in the affected states.
“Today, residents in the North-eastern states now move about their daily businesses in relative safety.
“As an additional measure, Nigeria has developed a huge capacity for the prompt and timely prosecution of Boko Haram suspects.
“This has been made possible by the establishment of a Complex Case Group to specifically address all terrorist-related matters.
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“The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force of the UN has successfully trained many government officials in the areas of human rights, rule of law and counter-terrorism.”
“Consistent with our faith in the need for a collective fight against terrorism, I like to re-affirm Nigeria’s commitment to work closely with all UN counter-terrorism entities.
“These include the United Nations Centre for Counter-Terrorism as well as the Centre and the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force."
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court Judge, John Tsoho, on Tuesday, October 3, withdrew himself for the trial of eight Boko Haram terror suspects charged to his court.
Premium Times reports that the judge made the decision following an application by six of the defendants asking that their case be transferred from his court.
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