Laments wave of deaths from insurgency in North East
By Ada Anioji
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres has deprecated the continued killing of civilians by insurgents of the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria.
In a statement signed by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, he expressed that it was even more regrettable in the current instance that the targets were persons who had been displaced from their homes and communities by earlier waves of insurgent attacks.
As the statement expressed: ‘The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide attacks on 24 July in the two camps for internally displaced persons near Maiduguri, Borno State, in Nigeria. These terrorist acts are targeting people who had already fled their homes as a result of Boko Haram violence.
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of Nigeria for the loss of life. He wishes a quick recovery to those injured and calls for those responsible for this heinous act to be swiftly brought to justice. He reiterates the United Nations support to the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism in full observance of international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.’
The Boko Haram Islamist insurgency has raged on in West and Central Africa for over a decade now and principally affects Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.