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Buhari Launches National Crisis Management Doctrine

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Abuja, launched the National Crisis Management Doctrine.

The doctrine, he said, would bridge the gap created by extensive deployment of security services through fostering collaboration among ministries, departments and agencies.

According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari noted that the NCMD shows the renewed promise and commitment of his regime to managing the crisis in the country.

The statement is titled ‘President Buhari launches National Crisis Management Doctrine.’

Speaking at the launch, the President commended the efforts of the National Security Adviser, Maj -Gen Babagana Monguno (retd.), his staff and members of the working group from various responder MDAs for the remarkable work in developing the doctrine.

He described the NCMD as a significant milestone in recognition of the need for collective efforts towards achieving coordinated, effective and efficient national crisis management.

‘‘This shows the renewed promise and commitment of this administration to managing the crisis in the country,’’ the President said.

He recalled that at the inception of the regime, Nigeria was faced with multiple security challenges ranging from terrorism, kidnapping, to armed banditry, ethnic militia attacks, oil theft, rape, gun running and various acts emanating from violent extremism.

‘‘The emergence of the Boko Haram terrorist group as well as bandits and kidnappers in Nigeria considerably changed the country’s security situation leaving panic in the minds of the populace.

‘‘These and other security challenges confronting the nation tend to stretch the deployment of our security agencies, resources and national security apparatus.

‘‘Owing to the dynamics of these crises, the Office of the National Security Adviser revised the National Counter Terrorism Strategy which I endorsed in August 2016.

‘‘Within this strategy are certain works streams which include the Prepare and Implement strands that seek to mitigate the impact of terrorist attacks by building resilience and redundancies to ensure continuity of business; and a framework for the mobilization of coordinated cross-government efforts respectively.

‘‘I am glad that the Office of the National Security Adviser has not relented in its efforts to implement the NACTEST by coordinating relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to develop the National Crisis Management Doctrine,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the NSA explained that work on the doctrine started in 2014 but was given impetus after the President endorsed the revised NACTEST, which has five work streams namely: Forestall, Secure, Identify, Prepare and Implement.

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