Monday, 14 July 2014

APC calls for international inquiry to unravel Boko Haram sponsors, modus operandi

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an inter­national inquiry into the activities of the terror group, Boko Haram in order to unravel its modus ope­randi and sponsors as well as any individual or group that may have links with the insurgents, with a view to ending insurgency and also to facilitate efforts to tackle it decisively.
In a statement issued in La­gos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the inquiry should include intel­ligence experts from the US, UK, France and Canada, as well as representatives of the UN and Nigeria’s neighbours, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
It also said that 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, includ­ing Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Bauchi and Jigawa, the Federal Capital Territory, 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 should be included.
APC said major politi­cal parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progres­sives Congress(APC), 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 accusing the op­position, especially our party the APC, will give its total support to the immediate con­stitution of this international panel of inquiry. 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 said.
APC added: “On our part, we pledge our total support for this inquiry anytime it is launched, but hopefully very soon. Our party, which is bare­ly one year old, has been at the receiving end of diversionary, carefully-choreographed and blatantly irresponsible point-blank accusations as well as insinuations of sponsoring Boko Haram, not minding that the group’s activities date as far back as 2002 when there was no APC.”

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