- A human rights group has petitioned the UN and United States of America over terrorists' attacks in Nigeria and West Africa
- The group said more can be done to totally shut out activities of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP)
- According to the group, terrorism is a global threat that needs proactive measures and the best available way is by launching a global coalition
A London-based human rights group, Global Amnesty Watch, has called on the United Nations and United States of America to join forces with Nigeria to confront terrorism in West Africa.
The rights group said terrorism is a global threat that needs proactive measures and the best available way is by launching a global coalition.
In a statement signed by John Tom Lever, GAW's head African Regional Affairs, the group said while the exploits of the Nigerian Army is leading the way in the sub-region, more can be done to totally shut out activities of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Also commending the Nigerian Government in the fight against terrorism in north east region of Nigeria, the group said the resurgence of ISWAP around Lake Chad means continuing conflict for Nigeria and neighboring states.
It also said that majority of civilians are often caught in the crossfire between the terrorists and the troops.
The statement said: “The Global Amnesty Watch believes that the situation is the Lake Chad basin requires urgent intervention from organizations such as the United Nations to join forces with Nigeria to confront the challenge that activities of ISWAP present."
GAW also alleged that necessary authorities have not given the nefarious activities of ISWAP in Nigeria and the West African sub-region the needed attention in the world.
“This is on the heels of the fact that the United Nations General Assembly had adopted the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy on 8 September 2006 as a unique global instrument to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism by addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, putting in measures to prevent and combat terrorism and to build states’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism.
“The Global Amnesty Watch consequently wonders why such measures have not been extended to the Nigerian authorities in combating the activities of ISWAP in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region.
“The Global Amnesty Watch thinks that the United Nations will be failing in its obligations if it fails to curtail ISWAP which operates mostly around Chad, Niger and Cameroonian borders to threaten the life of the civilian population," the group's statement said.
Warning that ISWAP is gaining ground, and influence, around the Lake Chad Basin area, spreading out from Nigeria into Chad and Niger, GAW called the attention of the world to the urgent need for support to Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.
“The world must treat the ISWAP threat as a matter of great importance due to the strategic role of Nigeria in the West African sub-region.
“The United Nations as a matter of urgency must assemble a Coalition of Forces from member countries of the United Nations to join forces with the Nigerian military in curtailing the activities of ISWAP that is threating the relative peace and tranquility in Nigeria and the West African sub region.
“The Multinational Joint Task Force in the region needs to be strengthened as recent events have shown that ISWAP is still very much around the Lake Chad Basin and without a UN Coalition of Forces, the countries are unlikely to curtail ISWAP fighters at the borders of these countries," GAW said in the statement.
The group further called for a Global Coalition against acts of terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin to put an end to the nefarious activities of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a professor of Islamic studies at the Kwara state university (KWASU), Sulieman Jamiu, has said that the statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the fulanisation and Islamisation of Nigeria is inciting.
The university don who also doubled as the deputy vice chancellor (academics) of KWASU said this in Kwara during the Ramanda lecture organized by the university of Ilorin, The Nation reports.
Professor Jamiu said he was shocked by the statement, considering the fact that it was taken by a former president and the place the statement was made, saying it could encourage violence.
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