19 July 2012

Nigeria: Maku Harps On International Co-Operation to Defeat Terrorism

Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku on Thursday in Abuja stressed the need for the international community to develop a common frame work towards creating solutions to the challenge of insecurity.

Maku said this at the opening of a two-day regional "Peace, Security and Development Forum" organised by the Agency for African Families in Distress (AAFD).

He said governments and other stakeholders should realise that the challenges of insecurity in Nigeria, the sub region and Africa and the entire planet must be tackled holistically.

"We need to really look at the level of the African Union, and the United Nation and global institutions. We need to really look and see what we can do deliberately to re-arrange our perception of the world in such a way that the welfare of mankind, wherever we are, is uppermost in our minds.

"A small crises in any part of the world can evaporate very quickly in other places because the world has evolved into one global market and one global community, " he said .

According to him, there is the need to discuss these problems as they are not peculiar to Africa.

"We must think globally while we solve issues with peculiarities in our various communities and towns, " he added .

Maku said his ministry was ready to collaborate with the agency in the area of peace and security.

He said the ministry would soon start the second stage of the peace and security campaign in collaboration with the office of the National Security Adviser, adding that the campaign would go deep into the rural areas.

The minister said that if the media must report any terrorist activity they must do so from the point of view of pointing out the weakness ot the terrorists' agenda.

"Because there are certain things that are against society as a whole and I believe terrorism is against society as a whole.

"So long as the media see such people as international celebrity and the media continue to give them the kind of attention they want, then you will see some illiterates in communities around the world who key into them as their idols" he added.

In his speech the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro said the forum would afford stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the key challenges facing Nigeria and African Sub-Region,

Moro said it would also enable stakeholders to strategise on how to work collectively and individually to address those challenges at the national, sub-regional and international levels.

Represented by Mr Linus Awute, the out-going Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, the minister said this underscored the importance of collective planning for mutual accountability in the sub-region.

"In this forum therefore, you are required to highlight a comprehensive frame work that enhances democratic civil control of security sector, suggest implementable activities and steps to be taken to hit the ground in dismantling the criminal and terrorist networks that perpetrate crises in Nigeria in particular and the sub-region in general."

In his address, Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Nigeria DramaneYameogo, said the forum was to brief stakeholders on how the 3-Dimensional Psychological Intervention Strategy Initiative was to be implemented for the purpose of integrating the psychological structures for sustainable development.

Yameogo said the aim of the forum was also for African Diplomatic Missions to encourage their home governments and pertinent institutions to participate in the upcoming regional Security workshop scheduled for November 27-29.

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