ONSA Hosts Second UK-Nigeria Security Defense Partnership Dialogue

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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Abuja witnessed the convening of the second UK-Nigeria Security Defence Partnership Dialogue by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) on Wednesday. This gathering marks a crucial step towards addressing Nigeria’s security challenges while also bolstering regional and international security efforts.

In his opening address, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, underscored the significance of the event as another milestone in the enduring partnership between the two nations. He emphasized their shared commitment to regional, continental, and global security, stability, and peace.

Ribadu highlighted the longstanding ties between the United Kingdom and Nigeria, rooted in shared values, mutual respect, and a common vision for a safer and more prosperous world. He emphasized that the dialogue provides a vital platform for candid and constructive discussions on a wide range of contemporary security challenges affecting both nations and the broader international community.

“In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, robust multilateral cooperation and information sharing are indispensable,” Ribadu emphasized. He stressed the importance of reaffirming collective determination to confront emerging threats, adapt to evolving security dynamics, and uphold democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law.

Reflecting on the inaugural dialogue held in London from January 31st to February 2nd, 2022, Ribadu highlighted the commitments made during that event, focusing on areas such as defense cooperation, counterterrorism, violent extremism, organized crime, illicit financial flows, and maritime security.

He emphasized the need to evaluate the implementation status of these commitments by both countries. Ribadu outlined Nigeria’s efforts to fulfill its commitments, including the establishment of the Anti-Kidnapping Fusion Centre and the integration of civil security outfits into the Fusion Cell. Additionally, he noted measures taken to strengthen compliance with human rights and international humanitarian law in security and defense operations.

Ribadu concluded by advocating for a holistic and forward-looking approach that leverages the full spectrum of capabilities and expertise to address Nigeria’s myriad security challenges. He emphasized the importance of critically analyzing the evolving nature of contemporary security threats and identifying innovative strategies and partnerships to effectively counter them.

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