by Ranti Joseph
The Federal government on Thursday, February 5, at the presidential villa, Abuja, formally launched a New National Security Strategy document, to combat the spate of terrorism in the country.
The new strategy is already been used, as the document was actually prepared last year.
National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki while delivering his speech, said the new strategy has helped the security apparatus deal with the current safe of insurgency in the country. Members of 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.
Jonathan while speaking, noted that the National Security Strategy is a wake up 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-sectorial, domestic and international approaches, efforts and cooperation.
He noted that the Strategy was carefully thought-out and approaches Security from a comprehensive perspective, leaving nothing to chance, “yet honest enough to accept that sometimes crime will be ahead of the law. In the event of this happening, then plan envisages that our national character, robust spirit resourcefulness and optimism shall provide the needed succor and springboard for recovery and counter-offensive to secure victory”.
Sambo Dasuki explained that the document recognizes that while the country will 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, is 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 and is 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 Nigeria 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” Dasuki said.
The National Cyber Security 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 well being.
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 our roadmaps through a coordinated effort of all partners in the country.