The National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), has stated that Nigeria and the United States of America would lead a global coalition against ISIS and other terrorist groups in the world.
In a statement on Saturday in Abuja, the Office of the NSA disclosed that the decision was reached during a virtual meeting of the 82-member global coalition drawn from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East on Tuesday.
The Nigeria delegation led by Monguno was represented by the Coordinator of the Nigeria Counter-Terrorism Centre, Rear Adm. Yaminu Musa at the virtual meeting.
NAN reports that the meeting was co-chaired by the coordinators of the National Counter Terrorism of Nigeria and the U.S. and it also had the Africa Union, European Union, ECOWAS and G5 Sahel represented among other international and regional organisations in attendance.
Monguno stated that globla terrorism had negatively impacted the economy, polity, and livelihoods of people as apparent in the Sahel, Lake Chad Basin and parts of North-Eastern Nigeria.
“The session, moderated by U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel, Ambassador J. Peter Pham had panelists from Global Coalition members Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Niger, and co-host Nigeria providing key perspectives on the evolution of ISIS affiliates and their troubling activities in West Africa.
“The panelists also provided useful ways the Global Coalition could enhance efforts to curb the expanding influence of ISIS in West Africa and the Sahel.
“Discussions also centered on lessons learnt from the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and reviewing of potential lines of efforts, including the use of battlefield evidence and border security measures and how these lessons and lines of efforts could be applied in West Africa and the Sahel,” the statement read.
“At the end of the meeting, the co-host, Nigeria and USA as well as the 82-member global coalition reaffirmed full commitment to defeating ISIS and other terror groups including ISWAP and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
“Nigeria also expressed her readiness to seek for more support and partnership within the activities and mandates of the Global Coalition against ISIS to enhance its ongoing operations against terrorism in the North East and efforts in preventing and countering violent extremism in the country,” it added.