Counter-Terrorism: NSA Monguno in India for Strategic Collaboration
The National Security Adviser of Nigeria, Major General (Retd.) Babagana Monguno recently visited New Delhi for the First Strategic and Counter-Terrorism Dialogue between India and Nigeria at a higher-level discussion.
Within the framework of the close and strategic partnership between India and Nigeria, the National Security Advisors held in-depth discussions on the threats and challenges faced by democratic societies from terrorism, extremism, and radicalization.
The two sides identified specific areas of cooperation to enhance their fight against all forms of terrorism, reaffirming their firm belief that there can be no justification for terrorism in any form or manifestation. They also agreed to enhance their cooperation in the international arena and maintain regular contact in this area.
The Emergence Digest also gathered that the Indian External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar also received General Monguno and acknowledged the shared traditions, strong solidarity and common aspirations between the two countries.
Speaking on the visit, The Minister said he was happy to receive NSA Babagana Monguno and that the visit provided an opportunity to give practical shapes to the long-standing relationship.
India is Nigeria’s largest trading partner, and Nigeria is India’s largest trading partner in Africa and the leading energy security partner of India.
India has helped Nigeria by supplying vaccines in support of the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. In March 2021, Nigeria received the Made-in-India COVID-19 vaccines under the ‘Vaccine Maitru’ programme.
India is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and is emerging as a key supplier of vaccines to over 70 countries on a commercial and humanitarian basis.
Meanwhile, Peacekeeping is a key aspect of Nigeria’s foreign policy and international diplomacy. The collaboration of the Ministry of Defence (MOD),58 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and other key players is central to coordinating our overall peacekeeping efforts.
Nigeria has also played active participation in UN peacekeeping missions. Apart from being a major contributor of troops and police to the UN since 1960, Nigeria deploys military contingents, unarmed military observers, staff officers, police formed units and advisers to more than 25 missions globally.
Nigerian troops constituted the military backbone of peacekeeping efforts in Liberia and Sierra Leone;
initially as part of ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) and later under UN peacekeeping operation – UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and UN Assistance Mission
in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).
It continues to promote global peace and international
security through our commitment and deployment to peacekeeping efforts.