The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon has condemned the double suicide attacks on 16 March in Maiduguri in Borno State by suspected Boko Haram elements, which left 20 people dead and many injured.
He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Secretary-General also reiterates the UN’s support to the Nigerian Government in its fight against terrorism, which should be grounded in international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.
In a similar vein, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, strongly condemned the suicide attack which was reportedly carried out by two female suicide bombers, resulting in the death of 22 worshippers.
While commiserating with the Government and people of Nigeria for the loss of life due to the attack, the Chairperson of the Commission applauded the Nigerian Government for its commitment to combat terrorism, not only in Nigeria, but in the wider Lake Chad Basin and Sahel regions.
She reiterated the AU’s continued commitment, through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) established by the Member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin, to neutralize and eliminate the Boko Haram terrorist group.