Notes: from a discussion about Boko Haram and the APC
The Challenges of Insecurity in Nigeria and Boko Haram Insurgency 08/09/14 The Boothroyd Room.
This event was part of a series of events supported by the Extractive Industries APPG to examine insecurity in West Africa; it gave APC executives the opportunity to respond to questions that had been asked in the House of Commons before summer recess about the paty’s alleged links to Boko Haram.
Andrew Rosindell MP questioned the UK foreign secretary, Mr. William Hague, on our engagement with Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), over the Boko Haram menace. This came after a debate in parliament in which Labour MP Sandra Osborne sought to examine allegations of links between APC and the insurgents. Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/uk-may-probe-links-between-apc-boko-haram | TheCable
Nasir Ahmad Elrufai spoke first asking his own questions: who benefits (politically) from this insurgency? What is the Federal Government of Nigeria doing now to stop Boko Haram? Why is the capability of a once proud Nigerian Army degraded? Nasir helped to answer these questions and then move on to debunk a number of conspiracy theories about the Boko Haram that are circulating in London before suggesting that the continued growth of Boko Haram is quite simply, in his view, down to a corrupted military leadership and an increasingly incompetent government.
Mark Lowe spoke passionately about the regional and international crisis of insurgency in Nigeria, from a UK perspective and his notes can be read here: Mark Lowe talking about Boko Haram Sept 2014
Alhaji Lai Mohammed was the main speaker and spokesperson for the APC. His well researched and comprehensive analysis of the problem of Boko Haram insurgency since the 1980s can be read here:
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 Parliamentary Group
Alhaji Lai Mohammed The All Progressives Congress, Nigeria
Nasir Ahmad Elrufai Former FCT Minister, Nigeria
Mark Lowe Owner of Kidnap and Ransom Magazine