Federal Government launched a New National Security Strategy

February 5, 2015 5:59 pm

The Federal Government on Thursday formally launched a New National
Security Strategy document, to combat terrorism in the country.

The new strategy is already being used as the document was prepared in 2014.

In his speech the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, said the
new strategy has helped the security apparatus deal with the current
safe of insurgency in the country.

The public can now formally request for copies of the document from the office of the NSA.

President Goodluck Jonathan formally launched the new strategy which
is contained in three different documents: National Security Strategy,
Counter Terrorism Strategy and Cyber Security Plan and Strategy.

In his speech, Mr. Jonathan noted that the National Security Strategy
was a wakeup call on every Nigerian to develop that “individual and
collective consciousness and readiness to forestall, pre-empt, protect
and defend the country against natural and man-made disasters.”

“It also demands multi-sectoral, domestic and international approaches, efforts and cooperation,” he said.

He noted that the strategy was carefully thought-out and approached
security from a comprehensive perspective, leaving nothing to chance.

“Yet (it is) honest enough to accept that sometimes crime will be
ahead of the law,” Mr. Jonathan said. “In the event of this happening,
the plan envisages that our national character, robust spirit
resourcefulness and optimism shall provide the needed succour and
springboard for recovery and counter-offensive to secure victory.”

Giving an overview of the strategy, Mr. Dasuki said the document
recognized that while the country would continue to focus on the
persistent and evolving terrorists’ threat, it must at the same time
address the full range of potential catastrophic event including
man-made and natural disasters, due to their implications for national
security.

The purpose of the strategy, according to him, was to guide, organize
and harmonize the nation’s security policies and efforts. The strategy
provides a common framework on which the entire nation should focus its
efforts.

He said the strategy was required to maintain the survival of the
nation through the use of economic power, diplomacy, military and
political power.

“It has limitation of time and place. The issues that are so
important to the security and existence of as a nation today,
may invariably change within the next few years, therefore there is the
need to review any National Security Strategy document after a period of
five to ten years, so as to bring it up to date with the realities of
time,” the NSA said.

The National Counter Terrorism Strategy, NACTEST, is organized around
five work steams, each with its key objectives and success indicators
within the period of 2014 to 2016.

They include forestall – which prevents people from becoming
terrorists or supporting terrorists; secure -which strengthens
protection capacity against terrier attacks; identify- pre-emption
through detection, early warning and during that terrorist acts are
properly investigated; prepare – to mitigate the impact of terrorists
attacks by building resilience and redundancies to ensure continuity of
business; and implement – a framework for the mobilization of
coordinated cross-governmental efforts.

The National CyberSecurity Policy and Strategy sets out the strategic
intent of government in mitigating the country’s cyber risk exposure by
prioritizing our needs while focusing on key areas, curtailing
escalation of cyber threat that at inimical to the national security
posture and the Nigerian economic wellbeing.

It is a vital response elect for safe guarding the nation. It helps
to enlighten the citizens on the components that are to be used to
empower the nation to understand, respond and collectively deter cyber
threat activities. It outlines the doctrinal framework and guiding
principles for achieving Nigeria’s roadmaps through the coordinated
efforts of all partners in the country.

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