FG, EU partner to de-radicalise Boko Haram members
Nigerian Tribune, 11 Apr 2016
The Federal Government and the European Union (EU) are partnering to de-radicalise Boko Haram members as one of the ways to eliminate insurgency in the country.
The delegation of EU to Nigeria, in a statement issued in Abuja, on Monday, said the programme was in partnership with the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
“De-radicalisation is seen as a crucial element within the comprehensive Countering Violent Extremism programme launched by the government of Nigeria in March 2014.
“Nigeria and its prisons service face an unprecedented new challenge with a category of prison inmates, mainly members of the Boko Haram sect, charged and convicted under the Nigerian Terrorism Law.
“With the support from EU experts, the Guide to the De-radicalisation programme is a milestone and key document in countering violent extremism.
“It provides a clear and well informed policy as well as a practical direction in order to realise goals of the programme in Nigeria.
“It is a fundamental basis for the establishment, implementation and monitoring of De-radicalisation programmes in Nigeria within and outside the prison environment,” it said.
The organisation said the Guide had the capacity to serve as example for other countries worldwide in defeating terrorist groups, preventing proliferation and addressing the root causes that enabled their evolution.
It added that the document was a highly authoritative and valued response to the current security threats in Nigeria, adding that “it is a pioneering initiative in Nigeria to respond to urgent challenges.
“The Guide and the De-radicalisation programme are in line with the UN Global Counter-terrorism Strategy,” it stated.
“They are founded in the good practices as described in the Global Counter-terrorism Forum’s Ankara Memorandum on Good Practice for a Multi-Sectoral Approach to Countering Violent Extremism.”
The EU pledged its commitment to supporting the Federal Government and in particular, the office of the NSA and the prisons service in the implementation of the programme.