DAThe Democratic Alliance calls on the South African government to place the massacre of thousands of people by Boko Haram forces in northern Nigeria firmly on the agenda of the African Union Summit taking place from 23 January.

According to Article 13 of the African Union Constitutive Act, the Executive Council is mandated to consider issues brought to it. With the support of member states, the Assembly is empowered to “give directives to the Executive Council and Peace and Security Council on the management of conflicts, war, acts of terrorism, emergency situations and the restoration of peace”.

The AU should provide more support to Nigeria through arms supplies and increased presence of peacekeeping forces. This will enable the Nigerian government to be better equipped to combat the serious threat of Boko Haram’s activities.

The theme for the 2015 AU Summit is the “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.

This focus should compel the AU to take action on the thousands of lives, many of them women and children, that have been lost to devastating extremist crimes in Nigeria.

It is unacceptable that the Nigerian people have been held hostage by a militant insurgency which seeks to bring the country to its knees.

Issued by DA

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