The Office of the National Security Adviser has embarked on ‘Exercise Quick Think’, a crisis management exercise in order to continue providing strategic level training to stakeholders. The exercise which was coordinated by Gen TT Waya, Director PC4, was to engage the participants from intelligence and security agencies in situation evaluation, execution of situation evaluation and crisis management. It was also set to test participants abilities in intelligence collation evaluation and dissemination; also set to further practice participants in intelligence sharing and joint operations planning; test the skills of intelligence agencies in analysing information; to further underscore the importance of information sharing between and amongst intelligence and security agencies and to develop plans for multi agency crisis decision making.
The exercise which took place last week(25-27 March 2014), had participants from the following agencies:
– ONSA(CCTD,DLI,& OSR)
– DHQ(Army, Air Force, and DIA)
– Nigeria Police Force(NPF)
– Defence Intelligence Agency(DIA)
– Department of State Services(DSS)
– National Intelligence Agency(NIA)
– Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC)
-Nigerian Customs Service9(NCS)
– Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS)
– Federal Ministry of Information
It will be recall that Section. 1(A) of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 rests the coordinating role in matters relating to terrorism on the Office of the National Security Adviser and further avails the office with the mandate to “ensure the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy, build capacity for the effective discharge of the functions of relevant security, intelligence, law enforcement and military services under the act and do such other acts or things that are necessary for the effective performance of the function of the relevant security and enforcement agencies under the act.
According to Mr. Karounwi Adekunle, Special Assistant Media to NSA confirmed that, the NSA recently did a roll out of the ‘Soft Approach’ with the support of the presidency. In his words ” 18 months ago, I directed the Behavioural analysis and Strategic Communication Unit in my office to develop a program that seeks to implement the PREVENT work strand of our national counter terrorism strategy. They visited Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Singapore, Algeria and Australia to talk with officials from United Kingdom, European Union, academics and members of civil society groups both at home and abroad. Simultaneously, I directed the Economic Intelligence unit in my office to explore the efficacy of economic interventions that will contribute to the PREVENT Programme. The team has investigated what other nations facing terrorism have done successfully in the areas of job creation, poverty alleviation and economic empowerment. Based on these, we identified the need for an economic turnaround initiative in the aftermath of the State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. These activities have given birth to our soft approach to countering terrorism”.
From the foregoing, it is apparent that the ‘Soft Approach’ ,a product of painstaking research and wide consultations should enjoy the confidence of committed Nigerians.