Event: Insecurity in Nigeria and Boko Haram Insurgency
This is a public engagement event on the topic of insecurity and human rights in Nigeria, organised for MPs, the Nigerian diaspora community and West African diplomats. There is an increasing appetite for clarification on Boko Haram’s activities in London, at this time and this event gives the public the opportunity to engage with knowledgeable experts and Members of Parliament.
The Nigerian publication, The Cable, published an article over the summer around some questions asked in the House of Commons about Boko Haram:
The Challenges of Insecurity in Nigeria and Boko Haram Insurgency
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House SW1A 0AA
Monday 8th September 18.45 to 21.00
Martin Brown The Extractive Industries APPG
Alhaji Lai Mohammed The All Progressives Congress, Nigeria
Nasir Ahmad Elrufai Former FCT Minister, Nigeria
Mark Lowe Owner of Kidnap and Ransom Magazine
An Islamist terrorist insurgency continues to rage in NE Nigeria and along the border with Cameroon. Boko Haram calls for the introduction of Sharia law and an Islamic state across the whole of Nigeria. this has led to a state of emergency in the three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa since mid-2013.
In recent months, Boko Haram has stepped up its violence. There were major bomb attacks in the capital, Abuja, in April, May and August. Boko Haram has captured international attention through its kidnapping on 14 April of 270 schoolgirls in the small town of Chibok, Borno State (around 50 reportedly subsequently escaped). Well over 2000 people are estimated to have died in attacks by the group since the beginning of 2014.
The Nigerian government and state authorities have been heavily criticised at home and abroad for their ineffective response to kidnappings and failure to provide effective security for local citizens. The UK Government has given teams of advisors to Nigeria, including experts in counter-terrorism, hostage negotiation and victim support, assisted by an RAF surveillance aircraft that is based in Ghana. The US and France have also deployed personnel and technology. A regional security conference on Nigeria took place in Paris in May. There was a follow-up in London on 12 June at which increased co-operation was agreed. The UK Government announced further training and intelligence assistance to the Nigerian military, as well as an increase in its aid to education.