Nigerian government, civil society partner to counter violent extremism

Salisu Waziri.

The Nigerian government says it will work with civil society organizations to formulate policies that will lead to the prevention of violent extremism in the country.

The National Security Adviser Major-General Muhammed Manguno, stated this at a two day workshop on Preventing Violent Extremism in Nigeria, organized by the European Union and Club DE Madrid.

“We will work with the civil society organizations and NGOs to bridge the gap between the national policies and the realities on ground at the grassroots,” he said.

He said government was working with civil society organizations in different parts of to the country to send counter narratives on violent extremism to the grassroots for positive results.

“We are implementing community based dialogues to address violent extremism issues using the Civil society organization who are at the grassroots”.

The event, which had the theme: Effective Narratives and Messaging, drew participants from civil society organizations, the media and  government officials.