President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Security Adviser, (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has identified groups that enable terrorism in Nigeria.
Monguno named Jama’at Nasr al-Islam Wal Muslimin, JNIM, Islamic and Muslim Support Group, and Islamic State in Greater Sahara, ISGS, as terrorist organizations in Nigeria and Africa.
On Tuesday, the retired Major General made the announcement while speaking at the 14th Workshop of the League of Ulamas, Preachers, and Imams of Sahel Countries in Abuja.
“Terrorism and the rapid escalation of violent activities by militant Islamist groups in the Sahel since 2016 have been primarily driven by the Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS), which primarily operates in Mali and extends to the Niger Republic and Burkina Faso,” according to Monguno.
“It is bolstered by the activities of groups such as Jama’at Nasr al-Islam Wal Muslimin (JNIM), the Islamic and Muslim Support Group (GSIM), and ISGS, which have continued to pose a serious threat to regional stability.”
“In Nigeria, Boko-Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) dominate terrorist activities, particularly in the country’s north-eastern region.”
“The situation in the Sahel has never been grimmer; extremist violence is spreading; the number of internally displaced persons (IDPS) is increasing; and food insecurity is affecting more people than ever before.”