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By VICTOR NZE

ANA PCVENigerian authors, under the umbrella body of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) have announced the formation of the Association of Nigerian Authors Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ANA PCVE) programme.

This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with STRADA Development Initiative, an Abuja-based non-governmental organization.

According to a statement, Monday, signed by the President of ANA, Mallam Denja Abdullahi, the move to establish the anti-extremism platform for writers was informed by ANA’s concern for the seeming ‘rise in hate speech and extremism in Nigeria and also by the belief that it can be effectively countered when the individual citizen becomes a point of dissemination of correct narratives about all social groups’

“The Association, being an organization committed to social advocacy, has been concerned with the rise of hate speech and extremism in Nigeria, particularly violent extremism. ANA PCVE will be a specialist programme to combat the challenge of extremism using a cultures-based approach which leverages on the Association’s extensive network of writers and primacy across the genres of prose, poetry and drama and allied arts.

“It is the belief of the Association that the Government of Nigeria and its partners in the fight against extremism must blend military and civic engagement programmes with a culture-based approach. Extremism can only be effectively countered when the individual citizen becomes a point of dissemination of correct narratives about all social groups,” Abdullahi said.

Under the terms of the agreement for the ANA PCVE, former Public Relations Officer (North), Richard Ali, will be the Programme Manager, just as the Association has also created a six-man committee on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.

Other members of the Committee are: Dr. Obari Gomba, Jack Vincent Fidelis, Halima M. Usman, Chief Macpherson Okpara, Isah Dan Musa, as well as Ebika Anthony.

According to Abdullahi, the Programme will develop work plans and plan projects as appropriate.

“Partnerships with all class of stakeholders will also be sought and formalized. The Association will support the Programme in meeting its objectives. We congratulate all Committee members on their appointment even as we expect them to serve the Association with exemplary commitment,” he said, adding: “More information can be found at the Programme’s website http://www.pcve.org.ng which will be updated regularly.”