Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana presented to the acting President Osinbajo a National Workshop Report Titled "Preventing Violent Extremism in Nigeria: Effective Narratives and Messaging" (#telladifferentstory) during a courtesy visit by members of The World Leadership Alliance Club de Madrid, also in the photograph is His Excellency Cassam Uteem, former President of Mauritius.
President receives Malala, Club de Madrid & ICAO delegations
need for the development and dissemination of alternative and counter
narratives to challenge terrorism and violent extremism was again
stressed today by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
spoke earlier today at two different events: one while receiving a
delegation of the World Leadership Alliance a.k.a Club de
Madrid which included two former African Presidents: Festus Mogae of
Botswana & Cassa Muttem of Mauritus, and the other when a
delegation of the Malala Fund paid him a courtesy call at the
respect to violent extremism I am pleased you are taking it on. It is
a very complex problem of those of us who have to deal with it on a
Prof. Osinbajo noted that “there is no question that we need
to develop counter-narratives. We are faced with emotive narratives
and its now about getting people to understand through
counter-narratives that there is a different way to get things done,”
referring to the prevalence of terrorism and violent extremism around
Club de Madrid, whose membership includes former President Olusegun
Obasanjo, had presented him a report of a workshop it had conducted
in Nigeria earlier this year on the issue of alternative narratives
to counter violent extremism.
President Mogae who presented the report had told Acting President
Osinbajo that the objective of the World Leadership Alliance is to
promote democracy, and in that effort had organised the workshop that
included all stakeholders and the presidency’s Office of the
National Security Adviser to address the issue of violent extremism.
Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama attended the meeting.
the courtesy call by the Malala Fund led by Ms. Malala Yousafzai, UN
Messenger of Peace, the Acting President commended Malala, noting
that “your story is an inspiration for not only young women around
the world but for us all.
to him, “Your ability to articulate issues and the courage to face
down hatred and terrorism is widely acknowledged.”
Acting President observed that while there is a connection between
terrorism on the one hand and poverty and ignorance on the other, the
challenge that terrorism poses on a global scale is much deeper
considering cases of terrorism and hatred even in advanced societies
where ignorance and poverty were not rampant.
have to change the mindset and delegitimise the false ideas and
notions of hatred and violence,” he added.
people to enroll in school is the easier part of the problem. The
bigger one is to ensure that we don’t promote the mindset that
girls are in anyway inferior and all that,” according to the Acting
at the meeting where Ministers of Education; Mallam Adamu Adamu,
Women Affairs; Aisha Alhassan and Minister of State for Budget &
National Planning Zainab Ahmed.
the Acting President also received the President of the International
Civil Aviation Organization, Dr. O.B Aliu, whom the Aviation Minister
of State Hadi Sirika described at the meeting as “the first black
man to lead the ICAO.” (Aliu, a Nigerian, was the country’s
representative before he was named to the head of the ICAO.)
led a delegation from ICAO to pay a courtesy call on the Acting
President while attending a conference of the organization in Abuja
on Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles, UAV.
at the meeting Prof. Osinbajo noted that the aviation industry is
going to play a significant role in the economic development of
Nigeria and the Federal Government is making effort to bring down the
cost of aviation services in the country.
said, government is working to bring down the cost of aviation fuel
adding that “we believe that aviation cost will go down and that
more people will participate, more people will use the services of
the airlines and people will use the airports as well.”
commending ICAO for the excellent and hard work being done in the
global industry, the Acting President expressed the delight that
Nigeria will be hosting the International World Aviation Forum coming
up in Abuja later in the year.
the President of ICAO, Dr. O. B. Aliu, expressed his appreciation for
the warm reception he and his delegation had received since their
arrival in the country and praised the government for the high
security ratings Nigeria has earned in the area of aviation security.
also pledged ICAO’s continued support for Nigeria’s aviation
industry especially through strengthening the National College of