Notes: from a discussion about Boko Haram and the APC

Notes: from a discussion about Boko Haram and the APC

Boothroyd room 08/09/14

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 and Politicisation

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