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Nigeria supports global coalition against ISIS

The National Security Adviser, NSA Retired Major General Babagana Monguno has assured that Nigeria will support the global coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, to enhance ongoing counter-terrorism.

General Monguno gave the assurance when he led Nigeria’s delegation to the Ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to defeat ISIS held in Marrakesh, Morocco.

The NSA called for global support and collaboration in tackling other threats to national security as well as efforts in preventing and countering violent extremism within the country and beyond.

General Monguno explained that the global coalition to defeat ISIS was an 83-member alliance established in 2014 to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security in general and the national security of member countries.

He said the 2022 meeting was the first to be convened in Africa, adding that it presented an opportunity for the coalition led by the United States to reaffirm the shared determination to continue the fight against ISIS.

The National Security Adviser, further noted that the fight will continue through both military and civilian-led efforts to sustain pressure on ISIS remnants in Iraq and Syria, and to counter its global networks, especially in Africa where it has been undermining national security through the proliferation of affiliates.

In a joint communiqué, issued by Ministers of the global coalition following the meeting in Morocco, member countries affirmed that ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria remained a priority.

The coalition acknowledged that inspite of the significant setbacks suffered by ISIS leadership in recent times; the group continues to conduct attacks in Iraq and Syria and represents an ongoing threat to international security.

Reporting by Emmanuel Ejim, editing by Daniel Adejo.