Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, has called for cooperation among security agencies between Ghana and Nigeria to tackle the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the two countries.
Monguno made the call when he delivered a lecture at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College titled “The State of Security in West Africa: Curbing the Spread of Terrorism and Preventing Coup Contagion” to members of the Ghana Armed Forces and students in Ghana.
A statement on Tuesday by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) Head of Strategic Communication, Zakari Usman, said that Mr Monguno stressed that the much-needed collaboration would also help in stamping out herder/farmer’ clashes, cross-border movement of criminals and drug trafficking in the region.
According to the statement, the NSA underscored the importance of countering terrorism and violent extremism, transnational organised crime, climate change, cyber threats, porous borders and piracy/sea robbery in the Gulf of Guinea.
“Over the course of his visit, NSA Monguno met with senior Ghanaian and Nigerian officials, including the Minister of National Security, Hon Albert Kan- Dapaah, and the Ambassador Nigeria High Commission, His Excellency Ambassador Ibok – Ete Ekwe Ibas,” Monguno said.
He also paid a courtesy call on the Vice President of Ghana, Alhaji (Dr) Mahamudu Bawumia.
The NSA also visited the Secretariat of the Accra Initiative (ACRI), where he was briefed on the organisation and its activities.
In his meetings, NSA Monguno conveyed the appreciation of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Ghanaian Minister of National Security for his visit to Nigeria in October 2021.
NSA Monguno congratulated the Minister of National Security on the successful hosting of the maiden edition of ECOWAS Forum of NSAs and advised that the takeaways from the meeting which included the need to strengthen collective regional response, developing capabilities to tackle regional threats and the development of regional security be vigorously pursued and implemented.