President Muhammadu Buhari declared on Friday that Nigeria accords “high priority” to the fight against general terrorism, nuclear terrorism and to “all global efforts towards ending the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction”
“Nuclear terrorism is one of the greatest threats to international security and preventing nuclear terrorism and all forms of terrorism around the globe is of concern to all of us,” Mr. Buhari said in Nigeria’s statement to the fourth Nuclear Security Summit being hosted by President Barack Obama.
“To this end, Nigeria has strengthened the legal framework for fighting terrorism through the adoption in 2013 of an amendment to its Terrorism (Prevention) Act, ensuring the implementation of more robust counter-terrorism measures in the country,” the President added, according to a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina.
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President Buhari told the gathering that to enhance Nuclear Security, Nigeria has reinforced its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United States Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security and the World Institute for Nuclear Security.
“In addition, Nigeria has signed an agreement of cooperation with the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Radiological Security to protect nuclear and other radiological materials from theft or sabotage.
“Nigeria also intends to strengthen its partnerships with relevant international organizations to promote capacity building, particularly in the development of the Nigerian Nuclear Security Support Centre, Physical Security Upgrades and Human Reliability Programmes Implementation,” Mr. Buhari said.
According to him, Nigeria has developed a programme to ensure that radioactive sources in the country are better secured to prevent unauthorised access by terrorists and criminals.
The President praised President Obama’s “pace setting initiative and drive”, which, he said, has brought the global fight against the threat of nuclear terrorism to its present level.