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Terrorism in Nigeria: APC has a case to answer – Britain

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), may be facing British scrutiny over alleged links with Boko Haram, reports indicate.

The ruling political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has severally alleged through its spokesman, Olisa Metuh that opposition supports the dreaded terror Group Boko Haram, which has prosecuted murderous agenda against the people of Nigeria since 2009. It is estimated that about 3000 lives have been lost to their macabre activities.

Also, a former rank member of APC, Femi Fani-Kayode, recently decamped to the ruling party citing the opposition party’s dalliance with the Boko Haram as one of his reasons for dumping the opposition.

Reports citing the website of the British parliament, www.parliament.uk, indicated that United Kingdom (UK)’s Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (otherwise known as foreign secretary), Mr William Hague, came under spotlight on the subject.

The report said that the secretary was questioned by an influential member of the British parliament, Mr Andrew Rosindell, on the UK’s engagement with the APC over the Boko Haram problem confronting Nigeria.

Rosindell, a conservative, represents Romford.

He had listed numerous questions regarding terrorism in Nigeria and some other affected countries of the Commonwealth for the foreign sectary, under “notices for written answers” section of the House of Commons Business Paper.

One of the local papers, Sunday Tribune, citing Business Paper, listed some of the questions Rosindell want Hague to answer, to include: “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the rise of Islamic terrorism in Northern Iraq.

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David Cameron, PM, Britain

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the rise in Islamic terrorism in Nigeria. (204387)

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department plans to offer to Nigeria in tackling the threat of Boko Haram.

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of links between Boko Haram and other Islamic extremist groups in Africa.

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his counterpart in Cameroon the need for constructive dialogue between that country and Nigeria in tackling Boko Haram; and if he will make a statement.

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on tackling the threat from Islamic extremism in Northern Africa.

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with leading members of the Nigerian opposition party, the All Progressives Congress; and if he will make a statement.

“ To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will commission an inquiry into the international support network for Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon; and if he will make a statement.”

Rosindell is also a member of Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons.

According to the reports, the parliamentary questions were sequel to r a debate in the parliament in which a Labour member, Sandra Osborne asked the House to examine allegations of links between APC and the insurgents.

It was also noted that increasing questioning of the government of the UK by legislators over the issue may force an enquiry into the allegations.

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