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Chibok Girls: UN wants greater support for Nigeria


Wants state parties to cooperate with West African nation


U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva in this May 11, 2011 file photo. Ban is planning to formally announce his candidacy for a second five-term as U.N. secretary-general early next week, U.N. diplomats said on June 4, 2011. The former South Korean foreign minister had already received assurances of support from the U.S.and other key members of the U.N. Security Council, diplomats said in March, making his re-election all but certain. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files (SWITZERLAND - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)


By Ada Anioji

The United Nations, UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban ki Moon has called for greater support for Nigeria on the issue of the abducted Chibok girls.

In a statement attributed to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on the release of 21 of the abducted schoolgirls of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria, he urged states around the world to give even greater support to the Nigerian authorities on the subject.

According to the text of the statement made available to T’he Difference, ‘The Secretary-General welcomes the reported release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls, following more than two years of captivity. He remains deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of the remaining schoolgirls and other victims of abduction by Boko Haram, who are still in captivity.’

‘The Secretary-General urges the international community to continue supporting the government of Nigeria in its efforts to secure their release, rehabilitation and reintegration. He calls for increased efforts to ensure additional humanitarian access in the north-east of Nigeria, and reiterates the continued commitment of the United Nations in this regard.’

‘The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, in his capacity as High Representative for Nigeria, continues to engage with the Nigerian authorities and international partners on this matter,’ the statement concluded.


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