UN Special Envoy Condemns Boko Haram Mass-Abduction
Following more than 240 predominantly Christian schoolgirl’s 100th day in Boko Haram captivity, the United Nation’s (UN) Special Envoy to Nigeria condemned renewed attacks by the West African terror network on civilians. Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency bent on establishing a separate Islamic state, mass-abducted more than 300 girls on the night of April 14. Learn everything you need to about Boko Haram’s heinous schoolgirl abduction here.
07/25/2014 Nigeria (UN News Centre) – The United Nations envoy for West Africa today strongly condemned the latest killing of civilians reportedly by the Boko Haram group in two Nigerian regions.
Said Djinnit, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), expressed profound outrage at the attacks which occurred over the weekend and yesterday, resulting, according to initial reports, in the death of more than 130 people.
According to a statement released by UNOWA, the violence also forced some 15,000 people to flee to the Borno state capital of Maiduguri as well as to neighbouring towns of Biu and Goniri.
Mr. Djinnit, who is also the Secretary General’s High Representative to Nigeria, expressed condolences to the bereaved families and called on the Nigerian authorities to do all they can to end the carnage and bring the perpetrators to justice.
He also reiterated the UN’s support for effective regional efforts to put an end to the terrorism threat and Boko Haram attacks.
Meanwhile, two independent UN human rights experts called on the Government of Nigeria and the global community to address the dire plight of some 3.3 million people displaced in the country due to violence which began in 2010.