The European Union (EU) through the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, has advised the Federal Government to look beyond military deployment in the ongoing war against terrorism in the North East and other crises causing insecurity across the country.
Addressing a media briefing ahead of Europe Day 2021, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, said insecurity crises in the country have shown that while the military option should not be foreclosed, other options, including dialogue and legal instruments, should be evolved and explored.
Karlsen reaffirmed the commitment of EU to a strong and robust mutually beneficial partnership with Nigeria, and declared its continued support for the country in addressing challenges and seeking opportunities.
He said the EU-Nigeria partnership is stronger, even in the face of recent insecurity in the country, noting that the EU bloc of 27 member states remains Nigeria’s biggest trading partner, first investor, a top donor of humanitarian and development aid and the biggest diplomatic network.
He said multiple examples of EU engagement in Nigeria include working with the authorities to bring an end to security challenges across the country. According to him, “we are supporting government’s efforts to fight terrorism, radicalization and violent extremism as well as the reform of the criminal justice system.”