Reacting to bombing of its UN offices in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon address the UN media. The UN Security Council paused for a moment of silences, and Nigeria's UN Ambassador Joy Ogwu added her views.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s (26 Aug) attack on the United Nations (UN) building in Abuja which killed and wounded a number of people and said he was dispatching top officials to the Nigerian capital to respond to the emergency.
The compound in Abuja, a series of buildings that house the offices of 26 UN humanitarian and development agencies, was struck by a car bomb at around 11 a.m. local time.
“This was an assault on those who devote their lives to helping others,” Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. “We condemn this terrible act, utterly.”
Ban said that the UN did not yet have precise casualty figures but “they are likely to be considerable,” adding that a number of people are dead and many more are wounded.
Nigerian and international search and rescue teams have mobilized and are moving the wounded to hospitals and providing emergency aid.
He also said he was dispatching Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro to Nigeria immediately and mobilizing the UN system to respond to the emergency. She will be accompanied by the UN security chief, Gregory Starr, and meet with Nigerian authorities on arrival in Abuja.
Ban will also speak with the President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan to discuss the attack.
Nigeria’s Ambassador U Joy Ogwu said she believed the attack added a new dimension to threats not only on the domestic front but internationally as well.
“This is a transnational crime, she said, “terrorism is a transnational crime and Nigeria unequivocally condemns every act of terrorism.”
While remembering last years attack on the UN in Algiers, Ogwu stressed this was an attack on an institution adding that she believed this attack required “a new response.”
Year of Production: 2011
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