As efforts by the Nigerian government and partners to end terrorism continue, the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retired) has made public three groups that have been backing insurgents in Nigeria.
The NSA made the disclosure while speaking at the 14th Workshop of the League of Ulamas, Preachers and Imams of Sahel countries in Abuja.
The Nation reports that Monguno also urged Islamic preachers and Imams across the country to use their positions to canvas support for ongoing counter-terrorism in Nigeria.
The three group listed for allegedly supporting terrorism activities by Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) are:
1. Jama’at Nasr al-Islam Wal Muslimin (JNIM)
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Nusrat al-Islam, officially known as Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin' is a militant jihadist organisation in the Maghreb and West Africa.
The organisation was formed by the merger of Ansar Dine, the Macina Liberation Front, Al-Mourabitoun and the Saharan branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The NSA said the JNIM has continued to pose an imminent threat to the stability of the region.
2. The Islamic and Muslim Support Group (GSIM)
General Monguno said the GSIM has continued to support terrorist activities in the country.
The Guardian reports that Monguno said n Nigeria, Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) dominate terrorist activities, especially in the northeastern part of the country.
He said the situation in the Sahel has never been grimmer, extremist violence continues to spread with a growing number of internally displaced persons.
He also added that food insecurity is affecting more people than ever before.
3. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS)
According to the NSA, terrorism and the rapid escalation of violent activities by militant Islamist groups in the Sahel since 2016 have been primarily driven by the ISGS.
He said the ISGS mainly operates in Mali and extends to the Niger Republic and Burkina Faso.
Calling for strengthened collaboration between religious leaders and security operatives, Monguno said all individuals and groups must join hands to become the backbone for rebuilding our terrorism infested communities.
Terrorists kidnap passengers in Borno, move them into the Sambisa forest
Meanwhile, amid the release of the UK travel advisory, about 15 passengers who were travelling along the Gumsuri village in Damboa local government area of Borno have been kidnapped by insurgents of the ISWAP.
Sources who spoke on the incident revealed that among the victims were staff members of an International Non-Governmental Organisation.
It was also gathered that the attackers who were dressed in military uniforms mounted illegal checkpoints on the highway leading to Adamawa state.
FG urges western allies to declare bandits, Boko Haram, IPOB as terrorists
President Muhammadu Buhari's senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said the government has urged its Western allies to declare these groups as terrorist organisations.
Garba Shehu noted that the government was doing all it can to arrest the wanton killings going on in the country.
Shehu, however, said that Nigeria's situation is not so unique as other African countries are also experiencing some level of attacks.