Calls for justice from the international community were raised stridently yesterday over the recent terrorist killings of school children and teachers, especially last weekend’s massacre in Yobe State which has left about 46 killed, Empowered Newswire reports.
According to a statement from the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, the global body “strongly condemns the violent attack on a school and the targeted killing of students and their teachers over the weekend in Yobe State, in north-eastern Nigeria.”
The statement called for a prompt investigation and accountability by serving justice to the perpetrators.
The UN Secretary-General’s Representative warned “that the killing and maiming of children, as well as attacks on schools, teachers and school children are serious violations of international law,” and demanded that “the Nigerian Government investigate these heinous crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable.
The UN official added that she is “deeply worried by the recent spike in incidents affecting schools and children in the region,” noting that “in the last three weeks, four attacks on schools have taken place, leaving dozens of students and a number of teachers dead.”
Ms. Zerrougui offers her condolences and expresses her deepest sympathy and solidarity to the families of the victims and also called “on those responsible to refrain from any attacks directed at or in the vicinity of schools.”
From the Nigerian community in the US, CANAN said in a statement that the “massacre,” is a setback in the fight against terrorism.
The association “calls on the government to urgently do the needful by investigating exactly what happened and ensure justice is done swiftly. This will send clear deterrent messages to the terrorists who may be regrouping as they could see the Yobe killing as a boost. But a quick and thorough probe of what happened on the other hand would be reassuring and show that the federal and the state governments, including the Nigerian Armed Forces are indeed capable of protecting lives and property, especially under an emergency rule condition.”
CANAN observed that “anything short of that would be an unmitigated disaster to government’s ability to do its primary duty of protecting lives and property and could make mincemeat of the reputation of the entire Nigerian security apparatus.”
Recalling how parents reportedly were anguished “as they carried out the horrible assignment of identifying the charred bodies of their own children,” CANAN added that it “shares in the deep and profound pain of those who have lost relatives in this brutal terrorist attack.”
The association again called on the US government to declare Boko Haram, a Foreign Terrorist organization, FTO.
“For the umpteenth time, we renew our call on the US State Department for the designation of Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, FTO,” the CANAN statement disclosed.
The US-based Christian group stated that its members “are also particularly worried that this level of attack was conducted successfully and effectively under a state of emergency. This is really disturbing! It is a significant setback for the emergency rule declared in Yobe State.”
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