Lagos – The European Parliament has urged member
states to assist in what it termed the worsening security and human rights
situation in Nigeria.
Parliament said EU and its member states should supply
political, developmental and humanitarian assistance as development had been
held back by “poor economic governance, weak democratic institutions and
While welcoming the peaceful transition of power toPresident
Muhammadu Buhari in March 2015, Members of the European Parliament remained
concerned by “dramatically" escalating violence in
Nigeria, where it said years of military dictatorship, corruption, political
instability and poor governance continued to undermine social and economic
rights and six out of 10 Nigerians subsist on US$ 2, or less, a day.
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“Nigeria, Africa's largest economy, has the potential to be
an economic and political powerhouse," the Parliament stated from
The legislative body issued a security alert on Honduras,
Nigeria and Pakistan.
The Parliament urged Nigerian and the international
community to secure the release not only of the Chibok girls abducted exactly
two years ago.
Fifteen were allegedly shown to be alive in a video the Boko
Haram posted on Wednesday.
Parliament also called for the release of 400 women and
children abducted from the town of Damasak in November 2014.
Chibok and Damask are in Borno State, which has suffered the
most from the terror by the Islamic militant Boko Haram.
- CAJ News