Election offers chance to dismantle terrorist group: advisor
INTERNATIONAL advisor Dr Stephen Davis says Nigeria’s impending election is an opportunity to “wipe the slate clean” and dismantle Boko Haram.
Dr Davis told senior school students at Methodist Ladies’ College about his experience in Nigeria, where he tried to rescue girls kidnapped by the terrorist group last year.
He said lobbying through social media would help bring attention to the situation in Nigeria, which was often overshadowed in the media by reports on ISIS.
“The elections have been postponed but one of these two people will lead Nigeria in weeks,” he said.
“They will have a clean slate to appoint a new cabinet and rescue the boys and girls, dismantle Boko Haram and bring those involved to justice.
“Otherwise they should be taken to the International Criminal Court.”
Foreign Affairs Minister and Curtin MHR Julie Bishop said she had offered Australia’s support to the Nigerian Govern- ment in its counter-terrorism efforts.
“The Australian Government is deeply concerned by the ongoing terrorist attacks in Nigeria, including the use of young girls in suicide bombing attacks,” Ms Bishop said.
“The Australian Government is providing funding of more than $100,000 for an initiative to promote sports, arts, music, reading and drama – targeting critical thinking in a creative way to counter violent extremism – in Nigerian primary schools.
“Australia also supports counter-terrorism in Nigeria through engagement with the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, of which Nigeria and Australia are founding members.”
Ms Bishop said Australia chaired the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee, which approved the addition of Boko Haram to its Al-Qaida Sanctions List during its time on the UN Security Council
Boko Haram was also listed as a terrorist organisation under the Australian Criminal Code.
International advisor Dr Stephen Davis in Nigeria last year.