Boko Haram: HURIWA asks Nigerian government to seek UN, AU help

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Sunday called on the Nigerian government to seek United Nations and African Union Commission’s assistance to check the Boko Haram insurgency.

The association said the Nigerian government must “immediately” call for an intervention from the UN Security Council and the African Union Commission to end the activities of the insurgents.

In a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, the organization said all necessary measures must be adopted to stop the killings in Nigeria’s North-Eastern region.

The statement said further delay in stopping the terrorist attacks could lead to control of a significant part of the country by the group.

The Boko Haram has in the past months captured many towns in the North Eastern Nigeria, particularly in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. Its terrorist activities have also caused the death of over 13,000 people since 2009.

HURIWA said Nigeria cannot continue to believe it can engage the terrorists “without a meaningful and concrete military partnership with genuinely friendly nations around the World.”

Condemning the killings, the association said the military needs all the help it can get from the UN and the AU.

“Apart from the fact that nearly three million people may be rendered internally displaced many more innocent Nigerians would also be killed if the Nigerian military is not supported now to wage an all-out war to defeat these terrorists once and for all,” the group said.

The association also called for comprehensive support for the Nigerian military and the civilian vigilante groups in the North East to ensure more cities and communities are not annexed by the armed Islamists.

“The Nigerian State must transparently reach out to all our friendly nations all around the World for concrete military support and must not continue to delude ourselves that we can go it alone since contemporary history of war on terror globally has revealed that no single nation has ever successfully battled the emerging scourge of Islamic extremism and terrorism,” it said.


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