The Association of Nigerian Authors ,ANA,have announced the creation of the Association of Nigerian Authors Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ANA PCVE) programme. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with STRADA Development Initiative, an Abuja-based NGO. Under the MoU, former PRO (North) Richard Ali is named Programme Manager. The Association has also created a six-man Committee on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. 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. The structure of the programme is set out below— 1. Richard Ali – Programme Manager 2. Dr. Obari Gomba – Committee Member 3. Jack Vincent Fidelis – Committee Member 4. Halima M. Usman – Committee Member 5. Chief Macpherson Okpara – Committee Member 6. Isah Dan Musa – Committee Member 7. Ebika Anthony – Committee Member The Programme is to 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. Congratulating all Committee members on their appointment , Denja Abdullahi President, Association of Nigerian Authors said he expect them to serve the Association with exemplary commitment.