By Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), the Nigerian National Security Adviser,
says sectionalisation of the Boko Haram terrorist group into the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP is creating an additional burden for Nigerian government.
The NSA equally said most contemporary security challenges bedevilling the country and the Lake Chad Basin Countries (LCBC) are caused and worsened by external factors in the global environment.
The National Security Adviser, stressed that most of the serious security issues are transnational threat of terrorism carried out by the ISWAP and members of Boko Haram insurgents.
Maj.-Gen. Monguno disclosed this while delivering his a keynote speech at the ongoing Peace Summit in Paris, France capital.
He said, ”The threats of terrorism and violent extremism have continued to place a significant security burden on the African continent, particularly in the Sahel.
”Apart from Somalia in the Horn of Africa, the most prominent acts of terrorism are perpetrated in the West African environs, particularly Mali and Nigeria.
”Specifically, it is necessary to state that the splintering of the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) group into the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) created an additional stress for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin Countries (LCBC).”
The NSA explained that global trends indicate that various factors create concerns such as rapid population growth which puts tremendous pressure on states to compete for energy, water and food to support life and economic and societal development.
He went ahead to state that a growing cyber awakening in which perceptions of inequality and other aggression are aggravated, leading to social tension and possible crisis.
According to Monguno, a continuation of ideological extremism, driven by religious or ethnic differences; and climate change that could prompt shifts in agricultural patterns and food production likely to trigger humanitarian crises, if not appropriately addressed.