- UK lawmakers have raised alarm over the rising insurgency in northeast Nigeria
- The foreign parliamentarians accused the federal government of failing to ensure security for Nigerians in the region
- The lawmakers, therefore, called on the Commonwealth to take action against the government as soon as possible
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The searchlight of the international community has beamed on the federal government of Nigeria over the rising insurgency in the northeast region of the country.
A group of lawmakers in the United Kingdom (UK)'s House of Lords has called on the Commonwealth's Ministerial Action Group (MAG) to look into the issue as the government's inability to protect the lives of citizens in the northeast is against the organisation's charter.
The foreign parliamentarians made this complaint in a letter addressed to Patricia Scotland, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth, signed by Baroness Cox, Baroness Kennedy, Jim Shannon, Fiona Bruce, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams among others.
According to the UK lawmakers, Nigerian Army’s former Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, informed them that the armed forces are not neutral; but they collude in the rampant killings in the region.
The letter read in part:
“The state’s failure to protect the citizens is a clear breach of its obligations under the Commonwealth Charter in respect of human rights.
“There is now an urgent need to ensure adequate protection and aid for those suffering the loss of family members and the destruction of their homes and livelihoods, and to end impunity by ensuring that complaints related to human rights violations are promptly, independently and impartially investigated, and those responsible are held to account after fair trials.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo, had again tackled President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity in the country.
Obasanjo faulted the current security structure under Buhari, noting that “criminality has become the order of the day”.
The former Nigerian leader made the assertion during a speech he delivered at the 2020 Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. According to the report, Obasanjo made a case for the restructuring of the nation in the speech titled: “COVID-19 And Nigeria Security Issues: The Way Forward”.
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