APC advocates for international inquiry of Boko Haram
from HENRY IFEANYI in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – NIGERIA’S opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an international inquiry into the activities of terror group, the Boko Haram.
The party said this was in order to unravel its modus operandi and sponsors as well as any individual or group that might have links with the insurgents, with a view to facilitate efforts to tackle it decisively
In a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the inquiry should include intelligence experts from the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada, as well as representatives of the United Nations and Nigeria’s neighbours Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
It also said called for participation of representatives of the Nigerian military and other security agencies, especially the police and the Departments of State Security, Governments of the states worst-hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.
These include Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Bauchi and Jigawa and the Federal Capital Territory.
APC also called for the participation of the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Civil Society Organisations, the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, National Human Rights Commission, the Nigerian Bar Association and any other relevant individuals or groups.
APC said major political parties must be represented on the panel of inquiry, whose findings must be made public and those found to have any links with the insurgents be made to face the full wrath of the law.
”We hope the PDP-led federal government, which has led the incessant but baseless campaign to point accusing fingers at the opposition, especially our party the APC, will give its total support to the immediate constitution of this international panel of inquiry,” APC stated.
“We have no doubt that the international community will give its unalloyed support to this inquiry, in view of the trans-national nature of the insurgency and the threat posed by terrorism to global peace and security,” the party added.
APC pledged its support for the inquiry with the hope it would be opened soon.
“Let the international inquiry we are seeking be launched urgently and let the findings be published for all Nigerians to see. Anyone opposed to this call for an international inquiry will have a lot of explanations to make to Nigerians as well as to the international community.”
The Boko Haram has killed thousands over the last five years and displaced scores others.
”Enough is enough. The daily killing, maiming and abduction of innocent Nigerians, as a clueless Federal Government looks on, must end. The pervasive insecurity that has crippled Nigeria since this insurgency started must be halted. Those behind it must be unraveled and prosecuted. Let the inquiry begin!” APC said.
– CAJ News
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