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DEMOCRACY AND MILITARY RULE IN NIGERIA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1318: tabled on 14 June 1994

Tabled in the 1993-94 session.

This motion has been signed by 70 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House notes that it is one year since Nigeria held free and fair democratic elections, the results of which were subsequently annulled by the diktat of military ruler General Ibrahim Babangida; recognises that Chief Moshood Abiola was widely considered to be the duly elected President of Nigeria; notes that Chief Abiola, having escaped from house arrest, has announced the formation of a civilian government of national unity following which Babangida's successor, General Sani Abacha, has declared him a wanted man and has offered a reward for information as to his whereabouts; calls upon General Abacha to step down immediately and return Nigeria to democratic civilian rule; and urges individual governments and the United Nations to support Chief Moshood Abiola in his legitimate claim to the office to which the people of Nigeria have elected him.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bray, Dr Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 13 July 1994
Motherwell South
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 29 June 1994
Birmingham, Northfield
Campbell-Savours, Mr Dale
Labour
Signed on 7 July 1994
Workington
Canavan, Dennis
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1994
Falkirk West
Carlile, Alex
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 June 1994
Montgomery
Churchill, Winston
Conservative
Signed on 27 June 1994
Davyhulme
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1994
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 17 June 1994
Leyton
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 23 June 1994
Romsey and Waterside
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 5 July 1994
Falkirk East
Coombs, Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Wyre Forest
Cran, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Beverley
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 4 July 1994
Coventry South East
Denham, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1994
Southampton, Itchen
Deva, Nirj
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Brentford and Isleworth
Dickens, Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Littleborough and Saddleworth
Dicks, Terry
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Hayes and Harlington
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 June 1994
Lewisham West
Dunn, Mr Bob
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Dartford
Durant, Sir Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Reading West
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1994
Sunderland North
Evans, John
Labour
Signed on 27 June 1994
St Helens North
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Mid Staffordshire
Faulds, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 15 June 1994
Warley East
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1994
Birkenhead
Galloway, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 30 June 1994
Glasgow, Hillhead
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 20 July 1994
Ilford South
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 28 June 1994
Greenock and Port Glasgow
Gordon, Mildred
Labour
Signed on 27 June 1994
Bow and Poplar
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Ealing North
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1994
Bridgend
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 20 July 1994
Morley and Leeds South
Hain, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1994
Neath
Hall, Mr Mike
Labour
Signed on 22 June 1994
Warrington South
Hardy, Peter
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1994
Wentworth
Hawkins, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Blackpool South
Heppell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1994
Nottingham East
Hill, Keith
Labour
Signed on 16 June 1994
Streatham
Hughes, Roy
Labour
Signed on 22 June 1994
Newport East
Hume, Mr John
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 28 June 1994
Foyle
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 1994
Basingstoke
Jones, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 28 June 1994
Alyn and Deeside
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 21 June 1994
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 22 June 1994
Clwyd South West
Kennedy, Jane
Labour
Signed on 28 June 1994
Liverpool, Broadgreen
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 22 June 1994
Ealing, Southall
Knox, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 15 June 1994
Staffordshire Moorlands
Lawrence, Sir Ivan
Conservative
Signed on 23 June 1994
Burton
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 15 June 1994
Brent East
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 July 1994
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
MacShane, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 24 June 1994
Rotherham
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 June 1994
Mid Ulster
McWilliam, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 27 June 1994
Blaydon
Mitchell, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 18 July 1994
North West Hampshire
Nicholson, David
Conservative
Signed on 15 June 1994
Taunton
Parry, Robert
Labour
Signed on 14 July 1994
Liverpool, Riverside
Quin, Joyce
Labour
Signed on 28 June 1994
Gateshead East
Rathbone, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 27 June 1994
Lewes
Thompson, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 30 June 1994
Norwich North
Townsend, Sir Cyril
Conservative
Signed on 16 June 1994
Bexleyheath
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 30 June 1994
Wolverhampton South East
Walker, Sir Cecil
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 27 June 1994
North Belfast
Worthington, Tony
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1994
Clydebank and Milngavie

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

DEMOCRACY AND MILITARY RULE IN NIGERIA (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House' to end, and insert 'values the cordial and longstanding cultural and economic ties between the United Kingdom and Nigeria; reasserts its commitment to the promotion of democracy particularly among member countries of the Commonwealth; notes that the recent military intervention in Nigerian Government was welcomed both by Chief Abiola and his Vice Presidential colleague, Mr Kingibe, and that at a meeting in his home on November 21st 1993 Chief Abiola expressed the view that colleagues from the pro-democracy movement who wished to serve with the military government should feel free to do so; acknowledges the integrity and commitment of those leading human rights and pro-democracy campaigners who chose to do so; notes that the Nigerian authorities have now begun to implement a Federal Government Political Programme which began with the swearing in of a Local Government Caretaker Committee on 15th April and will conclude on December 30th after the Provisional Ruling Council has considered the report of the National Constitutional Conference and the new draft Constitution which is being produced; urges all parties to these discussions to continue to seek to find common ground and a practical way of resolving the considerable difficulties which undoubtedly remain; and urges Her Majesty's Government to use its influence to assist Nigeria on the road to democracy in a realistic and constructive manner without the implementation of further divisive sanctions which could jeopardise both the outcome of the process of reform and the ú700 million of annual exports from this country to Nigeria.'.
Conservative, Congleton
6
signatures
EDM 1318A1: tabled on 17 June 1994