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The Federal Government’s renewed determination to frontally tackle the
Boko Haram insurgence in Nigeria has earned the support of the United
Nations, UN, and the African Union Commission which roundly
condemned the sect for its hoisting terrorism in the country.
Both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the AU Chairman, Dr. Jean
Ping voiced their support for the stance of President Goodluck Jonathan
against the sect at the 18th session of the Assembly of the African Union
(AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. President Jonathan is at the head of the
Nigeria delegation to the session.
In a separate address by Ping at the summit, the AU scribe lamented the
sporadic bombings and escalated violence against the Nigerian people by
the Boko Haram sect members, warning that the Union would not
condone such act of lawlessness anywhere within the continent.
Said he: “I take this opportunity to reiterate the strong condemnation by
the AU of the criminal attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram and other
terrorist groups and reiterate our support for the efforts of the government
According to Ki-Moon in his own speech, the world body is working in
concert with regional blocs such as the AU to tackle transnational crimes
and terrorism activities. These, he said include terrorism, illicit drug trade
and sundry crimes.
Condemning the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Ki-Moon assured that
the United Nations would avail the President Jonathan administration the
support needed to crush the terrorists.
His words: “With respect to Nigeria, I am deeply troubled by the
indiscriminate and unacceptable violent attacks. No cause justifies terror.
We stand in solidarity with the authorities and the people of Nigeria for
democratic and accountable governance”.
On human rights, he counseled African leaders that the recent events in
some Arab country where the people revolted against the leadership is
indicative that government high handedness can no longer suppress
popular will of the people.
“Events have proved that repression is a dead-end. Police power is no
match for people power seeking dignity and justice. The women and men
protesting in streets and public squares across the region are both an
inspiration and a reminder. It is a reminder that leaders must listen to their
people”, he said.
The UN Secretary-General said though trade and investment are crucial to
development, Africa’s future depends on investments in civil, political,
economic, social and cultural rights.
UN, AU, endorse FG’s onslaught against
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By African Examiner
Monday, January 30, 2012