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Nigeria Seeks International Intelligence Cooperation over Terrorism

FILE - Nigerian soldiers are seen on patrol near a Boko Haram camp in the north of Borno state.
FILE - Nigerian soldiers are seen on patrol near a Boko Haram camp in the north of Borno state.
Peter Clottey
Nigeria’s government is seeking intelligence cooperation from neighboring countries and the international community to help defeat terrorist activities carried out by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, following an upsurge in violence in parts of the country, according to Rueben Abati, an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The President has made it clear that he looks forward to the collaboration with both Nigeria’s neighbors and the international community in general, in terms of the exchange of intelligence, in terms of partnership to address the challenge of terror.  To the extent that terrorism is not a local problem it is a global problem, and it requires concerted action on the path of the international community to deal with it,” said Abati.

He says the administration is committed to holding negotiations with members of the militant group to end the violence as part of its mandate to protect lives and property.

“[President Jonathan] re-stated his administration’s commitment to continuing to ensuring peace and security in Nigeria and in the sub-region,” said Abati.  “President Jonathan has made it clear that the door is still open for dialogue with Boko Haram elements to encourage them to embrace the path of dialogue and peace.”

But critics say Mr. Jonathan has failed to end the wave of violence carried out by Boko Haram, despite the deployment of the military to combat the violent group after he declared a state of emergency in parts of the country’s north.  Abati disagreed.

He outlined some of the measures the administration has implemented to combat the violence.

“In terms of the military option and its commitment to ensuring the security of life and property, the government will continue to explore that option,” said Abati.  “The administration will continue to work on other options such as promoting social inclusion education, empowerment, wealth creation, job creation to reduce the arming of young people who are available as foot soldiers for terrorism.”

He says the government has made strides to combat terrorism despite the recent uptick in violence.

“There is clear optimism that what is happening now will not last, because what has been done is to scale up activities on many fronts,” said Abati.

Some observers attributed the recent reorganization of senior officials in the security services to a change in the government’s strategy to combat terrorism, but Abati disagreed.

“That is not the case,” said Abati.  “If you look at the list of persons who were retired, who were asked to step aside, the former service chiefs, at least two of them were due for retirement.  So the president, on the basis of that, just decided to appoint new persons so it has nothing to do with their performance.”
Clottey interview with Rueben Abati, President Jonathan's adviser
Clottey interview with Rueben Abati, President Jonathan's adviseri
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by: guo from: china
March 03, 2014 6:01 AM
China has more muslim than Nigeria, I think china like coporate with african anit-terroist and set up a world-wide anti terroist association mainly stress on the Islamic millitant.

by: Bisalla from: USA
March 02, 2014 6:06 PM
The president of Nigeria is a disappointment to the country for failure to stiffen these radical trouble makers. It is vedy easy to nab these fanatics shifting serious military men to firmly keep checks at the boarders. There should never be room for people in the northeastern nigeria to be complacent.Whatever it takes, president Goodluck should use the goodluck to deliver a peaceful result to avoid these Moslem terrorists distufbing the peace. Nigeria is a secular country with multiple religions as should be free to practice their faith.

by: chefbrucewest from: Warrington, PA
March 02, 2014 5:18 PM
I would be more willing to assist Nigeria in their efforts to secur their north border; however, their new anti gay law is troublesome for free minded Americans. President Goodluck Jonathan should meet us halfway. Rescind the heinous law and secure help from the West. Quid pro quo.
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by: Al from: USA
March 03, 2014 10:34 AM
What do you call "heinous law"? Well, if you do not know, let me tell you, on behalf of Africa, that homosexuality is not accepted on the African continent. Practice it in your America and let us be. Africas does not agree with your insanity to outlaw and criminalize polygamy, but we respect and abide by this "cultureless" law of yours. -

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