Security and the Terrorism, Prohibition and Prevention Bill

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The Problem Statement

Terrorism has submerged into an extreme dangerous activity highly international in reach with devastating consequences which jeopardize peace and security, and threaten social and economic development.

Terrorism in Nigeria stems from different dimensions which entail kidnapping for ransom to assassination, robbery and compounded radicalized religious movement.

Terrorism is driven with the goal to oust any government not well composed to their ideology, to cause political bigotry in any country, set their machinery and mechanisms in motion in the destabilized country, seek for independence from western civilization of forming their own government through internal revolution.

Nigeria faces the largest challenge of finance which aids and abets in fueling the continued growth and spread of these terrorist organization.

The Policy Solution

The Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011 provides for measures for the Prevention. Prohibition and combating of acts of terrorism: The financing of terrorism in Nigeria for the effective implementation and domestication of international counter-terrorism conventions and protocols ratified by Nigeria in compliance with certain UN Security Council resolutions.

The fight against terrorism can also be implemented by developing strategic communication, including confronting malicious interpretation of religious teaching and extremist messages in the public media and on the internet: this will enable consistent policy of communication with the public at the national level thereby ensuring the promotion of alternative, positive messages, and improving the approach to revealing illegal contents on the internet which publicly justify terrorism.

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NIGAC Constructive Position/Take

The fight against terrorism has to be escalated to include confronting extremist messages, blocking all forms of financing and reducing the unemployment rate. Currently, there is a high number of unemployed youths. These youths are immersed in poverty and are potential recruits into terrorist organisations.

It is important that the Government deploys more security operatives to areas which are prone to terrorist attacks. The terrorists have continued to attack and hold terroritory because there is little or no government presence.

Sponsors and enablers of terrorism should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This should deter potential sponsors and weaken the terrorist organisation.

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