Leadership (Abuja)

15 April 2014

Nigeria: Abuja Blast - Obama Urges FG to Fish Out Perpetrators

Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 ... ( Resource: Blast At Bus Station In Nigerian Capital Kills 72

United States president, Mr. Barrack Obama and the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, have called on the federal government to urgently conduct a full investigation into Monday's bomb blast which reportedly claimed some lives and properties at Nyanya motor park, Abuja.

Reacting in a statement made available at the early hours of Tuesday by Jen Psaki, a spokesperson of the Department of State, Mr. Obama condemned the attack which killed over 70 people, stressing that his administration was outraged by these 'senseless' acts of violence against innocent civilians in Nigeria.

The US leader also condemned the attacks in three villages in Borno State that took the lives of nearly 100 people over the weekend just as he encouraged the government of Nigeria to conduct a full investigation to identify and bring justice to the perpetrators of these attacks.

"We continue to stand with the Nigerian Government and people as they grapple with violent extremism. The Nigerian president has blamed Boko Haram for the incident, the bombing in Abuja, and we have seen that, but to our knowledge, no group has claimed responsibility yet. We continue to work closely with the Nigerian government and its neighbours to address the growing threat of Boko Haram in a comprehensive manner. But again, it's, in our view, preliminary to make that judgment," said Obama in the statement.

In his own reaction, United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who voiced out his shock and sadness after a bomb attack at a bus station near the Nigerian capital of Abuja claimed dozens of lives also called on the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to urgently for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Saying that he was shocked and saddened by the many lives that were lost on Monday, Ban Ki-moon added that the United Nations would throw its weight behind the federal government to curb insecurity in Nigeria.

He also strongly condemned all indiscriminate killings and acts of violent extremism in the northern parts of Nigeria, stressing that the perpetrators of this attack, and those responsible for the continuing brutal attacks must be brought to justice.

Also, members of the United Nations Security Council led by the council's rotational president, Professor Joy U. Ogwu, also strongly condemned the multiple terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram that occurred in Nigeria on 13 and 14 April, causing numerous deaths and injuries.

In a statement issued by Ogwu, the Nigerian Permanent Representative to the UN, in New York, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

The members of the 15-nation body underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the multiple terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram that occurred in Nigeria on 13 and 14 April, causing numerous deaths and injuries. The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in these attacks, and to the people and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group. The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

"The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law. The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard. The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations" the statement presented by Joy Ogwu on behalf of the council reads.

It would be recalled that more than 70 people have reportedly been killed in the bombing, which took place as commuters were about to board buses and taxis to go to work in the capital. Also, over 100 people are said to be injured in the attack.

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