16 May 2014

Nigeria: UN Envoy Wary of Rising Insecurity

Lagos — THE High-Level Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to Nigeria Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit,has concluded his visit to Nigeria, where he expressed concern at the insecurity in the country.

“On the security situation, I expressed the United Nation's deep concern at the lingering insecurity in the North-East part of Nigeria. I expressed the support of the United Nations to the efforts of Nigeria to restore security in the affected areas while stressing the importance of due respect for Human Rights. I also reaffirmed the United Nation's support to Nigeria within the framework of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy,” Djinnit stated after a four-day visit.

“I also expressed concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in North-East including the dire situation of IDP's (internationally displaced persons). In this regard, I offered the support of the United Nation to the Government and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in reinforcing the response capacity especially through enhanced coordination. I urged also for improved access for delivery of the much needed humanitarian assistance.”

His visit was as a follow up to a telephone conversation between the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and President Goodluck Jonathan last Thursday.

During their conversation, Jonathan welcomed the decision of the Secretary-General to send a High-Level Representative to Nigeria to consult with Government officials on what the United Nations can do to support ongoing efforts towards the safe release of the schoolgirls.

He met President Goodluck Jonathan and other senior government officials including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Defence and Justice as well as the Attorney General.

He also met the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the abducted girls, the Director General of the NEMA, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Djinnit also met ambassadors of countries that have offered assistance in support of Nigeria's efforts to release the abducted girls.

The Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls at a government school in Chibok, Borno State last month.

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