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Nigeria will work with UN to end insurgency, says Monguno

National security adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno has disclosed that Nigeria will work with the United Nations (UN) and neighbouring countries to fight insurgency.

This was disclosed by NSA Monguno when he met with Vladimir Voronkov, under secretary-general (USG) of the United Nations office of counter-terrorism (UNOCT), on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly in New York.

In a statement issued on Friday by Ozoya Imohimi, head of strategic communications, counter-terrorism centre of the office of the national security adviser, Monguno said Nigeria is committed to providing support for victims of terrorism.

“The meeting was a follow-up to an earlier one at the United Nations counter-terrorism week held at the UN Headquarters in June,” the statement reads.

“It highlighted the prevailing humanitarian challenges caused by the over a decade of combating terrorism with millions of displaced persons, as well as other militating factors, including the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, irregular migration as well as abuse of illicit drugs.

“NSA called for increased regional cooperation and harmonisation of all counter-terrorism legislation, policies and strategies, especially with Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

“Part of the resolutions from the meeting was the need for further collaborations in the areas of improving aviation and maritime security.

“Others are strengthening border security management, combating terrorism financing as well as improving the coordination of Civil Society Organisations’ engagements in preventing and countering violent extremism in Nigeria.”

Imohimi said Monguno also met with  Michèle Coninsx, executive director of the UN counter-terrorism committee executive directorate (CTED), and requested support in building criminal justice responses to terrorism.

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