The Curator of the Abuja Global Shapers Hub, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh will be hosting the former NATO Secretary-General and President of the European Union, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as well as 25 other global security experts in Abuja for the first ever Nigeria Summit on National Security. The 2-day summit will feature the former U.S ambassador to Nigeria Ambassador John Campbell; former Director of United Kingdom Special Forces and Commander of British Field army Lt. General Greame Lamb (Rtd.); Retired 4-star Admiral of the United States Navy and 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Dr. James Stavridis and 25 other local and international security experts who are already arriving into Nigeria.
Speaking to the press, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh said: “the brutalities of recent terroristic and sectarian attacks on civilians in Nigeria, and indeed around the world, have compelled many governments especially Nigeria in particular, to re-think national security paradigms. But governments alone cannot do this re-thinking. Activists and citizens in their respective roles must share the task of asking the difficult questions of when, where and how the next deadly attack would occur – and what can be done about it. Lets be mindful that modern terror groups now have at their disposal an array of vectors to choose from in seeking maximal damage to society, therefore as a nation, we must devote crucial resources to intelligence gathering, and the formulation of strategies to mitigate and counter these threats.”
Mr. Effoduh further revealed that – “in the last 2 years, Boko Haram has killed and maimed more civilians than ISIS and Al Shaabab combined. It is also now two years since they abducted more than 200 schoolgirls. We have a special situation therefore we need a special solution. The approach taken in the past to contain and neutralize the group has lacked the robustness and sophistication required to effect a meaningful outcome. We need a broader approach; we need one that will not only rely on counter terrorism measures but diplomacy, dialogue, and effective intelligence gathering. We hope to find this approach by putting these experts in a room for 2 days
The summit will take place in Nigeria’s Capital on the 25th and 26th of May 2016 and is convened under the office of the Council on African Security and Development (CASADE) a non-governmental think tank where Jake Okechukwu Effoduh serves as the Assistant Director. The event is in partnership with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is supported by the Unites States Embassy in Nigeria and 9 other partners. The President of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari; Nigeria’s Minister of Defense, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali;several Governors, Ministers academics and military personnel have standing invitations to the summit.
The entire 2-day summit will be streamed online as attendance to the summit is strictly by invitation. Also, live tweet feeds with the hash tag #SecurityNG2016 will enable individuals engage the experts via twitter. More information can be obtained from www.casade.org