Abuja - The European Parliament has asked for immediate coordinated international action to assist the work of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations in preventing the displacement of Nigeria children and youths as well as exposure to sexual violence and kidnappings amid the Boko Haram terror.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), in one of four resolutions passed on Thursday, strongly condemns Boko Haram's crimes, including terrorist raids and suicide bombings in Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
MEPs say that in the cases of children formerly associated with Boko Haram or other armed groups, "non-judicial measures should be considered as an alternative to prosecution and detention."
Children have borne the biggest brunt of the violent reign of the Boko Haram in the northeastern parts of the country.
Abduction of minors is rife.
Infamously, early last year, the Boko Haram sect kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok Town in Borno State.
Efforts to rescue the pupils have failed thus far. Some 15 00 people have been killed and 2 million displaced.
Meanwhile, MEPs urged the Nigerian authorities to eliminate corruption, within the public institutions and the army as well promote fair taxation.
They called for the adoption of measures to starve Boko Haram of its sources of illegal income through cooperation with neighbouring countries.
They asked the European Commission to prioritise assistance for uprooted children and youths in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, within the framework of the commission.
The non-binding resolution was adopted by 613 votes to 12, with 31 abstentions.
- CAJ News