Elec­tion of­fers chance to dis­man­tle ter­ror­ist group: ad­vi­sor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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