Piqued by the brazen spate of terrorist attacks and violence
against Christians in the Northern parts of Nigeria, the
European Union (EU) has promised to renew its efforts in
cooperation with the government and people of the country
to redress the securities challenges in the region.
The EU said it is poised to address the underlying social
and economic problems in northern Nigeria and work with
the authorities to make the fight against terrorism more
The European body also noted that it is important that
those responsible for this terrible loss of life should be
brought to trial and, if found guilty, be punished.
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European
Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-
President of the Commission gave the assurance in a
statement issued on Tuesday.
“I am appalled by the terrible attacks perpetrated against
Christian churches in Nigeria on 17 June, following several
similar attacks in recent weeks. I also deeply regret that
reprisal attacks appear to have been made against
members of the Muslim community. I condemn all such
violence that leads to the loss of innocent lives, and
expresses my sincere condolences to the victims and their
“Nigeria's Constitution protects the freedom of belief and
religion. Through the human rights dialogue that exists
between the EU and Nigeria, which also covers issues
related to the freedom of belief and religion, we will explore
ways that the EU can support the Government's efforts to
bring greater understanding between the various religious
communities through wider dialogue, in order to prevent
such atrocities happening again”, the statement added.
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