Respect Human Lives, UN Begs Boko Haram
The abduction of the Dapchi girls was a rude awakening to many Nigerians that the Boko Haram scourge is still on.
Then came the Easter holidays and the resumption of the usual bomb attacks in the northeast region of the country.
There are conflicting figures of casualty but one thing we all know is that lives were lost.
Everyone is worried and so is the United Nations.
The UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Yassine Gaba, on Monday condemned the Sunday night attack on some communities in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
“The UN strongly condemns the deadly combined attack which took place near Belle Village in the outskirts of Maiduguri on Sunday April 1. According to local sources, at least 34 civilians lost their lives and 90 others injured in the attack.
“The recent weeks have seen a steady continuation of attacks on civilians in the three most conflict affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe in the northeast of Nigeria.
“Since the beginning of the year, reportedly, at least 120 civilians; women, children and men were killed and over 210 sustained serious injuries, in over 22 attacks allegedly by non-state armed groups directly targeting civilians.”
He is particularly pained that innocent civilians continue to suffer daily from direct and indiscriminate attacks in the northeast of Nigeria.
In view of the endless number of explosions, brutal killings, abductions and lootings; he has called on all parties in the conflict to end the violence.
Since the start of the conflict in 2009, more than 20,000 people have been killed, thousands of girls, women, boys and men have been abducted and children continue to be used routinely as suicide bombers.