The European Union (EU) has described the attack on hapless students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State which death toll has risen to 78 as “horrific”.
It promised to support the Nigerian government to combat the deadly Boko Haram sect believed to have carried out the massacre.
A statement issued by the spokesperson of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, said those responsible for the attacks and others that targeted children and students in the past must be brought to book.
“The High Representative condemns the horrific terrorist attack perpetrated today in Yobe State and those that took place on previous days and weeks in Northern Nigeria and elsewhere. Her thoughts are with the victims and their families”, the statement read.
“The High Representative reiterates the EU’s firm rejection of such unjustifiable violence, whoever the perpetrators. Today’s attack clearly targeted children and students. Those responsible for this and all other attacks must be brought to justice and be held responsible for their acts.”
The EU reiterated its commitment to partner Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, “under the principles of the rule of law, including full respect and protection of human rights.”