The Munich Security Conference (MSC) originally planned for February 19th – 21st has been postponed due to the corona virus pandemic, the event’s organizers said, recently.
The annual gathering of leading politicians and experts to discuss defence and security policies was expected to be Joe Biden’s debut on the international stage as US president after he takes office on January 20.
Event organizers said they will announce a new date and further details they are available.
“Given current global threats and challenges to international security and stability the need for the MSC to provide a platform for informal exchanges between international decision-makers as early as possible in 2021 is clear and urgent. Therefore, we have not taken this decision to postpone lightly,” said Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the MSC and a former German ambassador to the US, in a statement.
Some of the Participants who spoke through virtual platforms have reached consensus on major issues that affects global security challenges, applauded Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari replacement of the Nigeria’s service chiefs in a bid to reinvigorate the country’s security challenges.
The new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Leo Iraboh is a decorated soldier and competent hand, same with Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao as Chief of Air Staff.
However, the retention of Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) as the National Security Adviser that elicited prompt response from Nigeria’s international partners.
Pentagon and State Department officials expressed delight and confidence that the new team will in partnership with all regional and international partners forge a better response to challenges particularly in the Sahel.
“We are happy to continue working with Gen. Monguno, a team player soldier, scholar and highly efficient Officer.”
A Senior E U official said Monguno enjoys immense respect and has built extensive security and intelligence contacts globally.
“We like working with him on all facets of global security challenges, from terrorism, narco trafficking to fake drugs and narcotic,” a Senior official with India’s RAW told newsplusview.”
As sign of Nigeria’s president’s delights with the performance of his security adviser, recently, President Buhari directed him to coordinate and formulate a holistic approach to stem the tide of the resurgent banditry, illegal mining in the Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina corridor– states in the North-Western region of the country — that has continued to cost lives and the displacement of thousands of families from their towns and villages.
The US Special Envoy for the Sahel, Ambassador J. Peter Pham and panelists from Global Coalition members, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Nigeria, acknowledged and applauded Monguno’s efforts and Nigeria’s roles in the fights against terrorism in the sub-region at providing key perspectives on evolution of ISIS affiliates and their troubling activities in West Africa.
While Nigeria and the USA are committed to lead global coalition against ISIS and other terrorist groups in the world, the challenges of global terrorism had negatively impacted on the economy, polity and livelihoods of people as evident in the Sahel, Lake Chad Basin and parts of the North-Eastern Nigeria.