As the Nigerian government downplays the casualties in the war against Boko Haram/Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ attacks, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned in “the strongest possible terms” the multiple attacks in four places in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria in the last one week, which killed over 120 persons.
According to the statement titled: ‘UN Security Council Press Statement on Acts of Terrorism in North-East Nigeria,’ the “members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the multiple terrorist attacks on June 9 and 10 in Felo, on June 13 in Monguno against a UN humanitarian facility and on June 13 in Nganzai in Borno State, Nigeria, which together resulted in at least 120 killed and others injured.
“The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Nigeria. The members of the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
“The members of the Security Council commended the efforts of countries in the region, including through the Multinational Joint Task Force, to effectively combat terrorism, and encouraged further progress in this regard.
“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that acts of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
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 Government of Nigeria and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
“The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist attacks.”