UN, Others Lead Global Condemnation On Bomb Blast

THE GUARDIAN Newspaper- Laolu Akande

NIGERIA’S Independence Day bombings at the capital city in Abuja has raised condemnation, concern and solidarity from countries around the world.

In a second statement on Nigeria in less than 48 hours, the United States government, late on Friday, said it “condemns the bombings that took place this morning in Abuja, Nigeria, which attempted to mar the celebration of 50 years of independence. We express our condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Nigeria on what should be a joyous occasion.”

According to the American government, whose representatives from Washington DC were in attendance to grace the Independence parade at Eagle Square in Abuja, “Violence has no place in political discourse.”

The statement signed by the spokesperson of the US State Department Philip J. Crowley, stated: “As Nigeria casts its eyes forward to new elections and a reaffirmation of democratic values, it is unfortunate that there remains those who would resort to violence at this critical time.”

At the United Nations, the Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon also condemned the incident, worried that the bombing resulted in a number of deaths and destruction.

The UN Scribe added: “The attack was particularly sad coming on the day when Nigerians were celebrating the 50th anniversary of their nation’s independence.”

Ban expressed sympathy and condolence to the Government and people of Nigeria and families of the bereaved.”

In a statement released by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, the UN leader said he “wishes to assure the people and Government of Nigeria of the unflinching support and solidarity of the United Nations, as they seek to address challenges confronting the country, and in particular, consolidate significant gains made in promoting democratic governance and improving the welfare of all Nigerians.”

Also from Canada, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon described the bombings as “the first such attack in Abuja.” The Canadian government therefore “strongly condemns the act of terrorism.”

Describing it as a “cowardly,” the statement by the Foreign Minister added: “Canadians stand together with the Nigerian people in deploring this act of terrorism. We will continue to assist the people and government of Nigeria as they strive to improve security and consolidate democracy and the Rule of Law.”


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