Massoud Shadjareh writes for EuroNews on the plight of Sheikh El-Zakzaky, and why Britain must do something about it.
As Boris Johnson moves into Downing Street, his first priority will be to demonstrate Britain’s strength beyond Europe – and its ability to survive and thrive after Brexit. The Commonwealth – Britain’s own international bloc that Johnson hopes can rival the EU’s soft power – is a logical place to start.
The UK’s legacy in Africa can be a source of strength – if Johnson can protect commercial interests at home as well as human rights abroad. Nowhere is this truer than in Nigeria.
I have been studying and visiting Nigeria for decades, but I have never been so worried about what the Nigerian government has planned for Africa’s biggest country. Corruption is rife, and political violence and extrajudicial acts abound. Boko Haram is on the rise, with accusations of support from parts of the Nigerian deep state. And human rights activists – particularly those who work across Nigeria’s ethnic and religious divides, rather than inside them – are being deliberately killed, along with their families.
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