UN, US, UNICEF condemn Yobe school explosion

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

The international community has condemned Monday’s suicide bomb attack at a government boarding school in Potiskum, Yobe, which killed dozens of students and wounded others.

A statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Abuja condemned the incessant attacks on defenceless civilians in North East Nigeria this past week.

The statement cited recent attacks in Ashura in Potiskum in Yobe, Gombe, Malam Fatori in Borno and Azare in Bauchi State.

The Embassy statement indicated that “while final numbers are not known, scores of persons have been killed or injured in these attacks.

“The U.S. offers its sincere sympathy to the injured and to the families of the murdered.

“We urge the government of Nigeria to investigate these and other attacks to bring the perpetrators to justice.’’

It reiterated U.S. commitment to support the people of Northern Nigeria in their struggle to stop the abhorrent actions of Boko Haram and associated terrorist groups.

In New York, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, also condemned the bomb attack in Potiskum.

Ban extended his sincere condolences to the families of the bereaved and to the government and people of Nigeria.

A statement issued by the world body said “the UN secretary-general is outraged by the frequency and brutality of attacks against educational institutions in the North of the country.

“The UN scribe demands an immediate cessation to these abominable crimes.”

Ban stressed the need to bring the perpetrators to justice through a process respectful of Nigeria’s human rights obligations.

He also appealed for adequate security measures for civilians.

“The UN secretary-general reiterates his firm conviction that no objective justifies wanton violence against civilians,’’ the statement added.

Also, a statement by UNICEF warned that repeated and relentless attacks on children and schools were attacks on the future of Nigeria.

It expressed concern that Nigeria already had the largest number of children out of school in the world and the attacks on schools would exacerbate the situation.

“We call on those with the responsibility and power to bring the perpetrators of this cruel act to justice, and to uphold their responsibilities to protect children,” UNICEF said in the statement. 

On Monday, 47 students of the Government Science Technical School, were killed in a suicide bomb attack while 79 others were injured, police said.

The suicide bomber disguised as a student, detonated the explosive on the assembly ground of the school – where the students were converged.

The school is one of the densely populated boarding schools for boys, located very close to the
Potiskum General Hospital in the heart of town.

Potiskum is the largest town in Yobe after Damaturu, the state capital.

(NAN)


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  • Wähala

    Drumming to the deaf…
    The day he first submitted a budget demanding $1bn feeding fees for his kitchen cabinet at the NASS, a lone boy was murdered as he returned from school. While Dumbo strutted over to the Senate with a phalanx of one battalion of security goons. The day 59 sleeping school boys got their throats slit at night while they slept, Dumbo was seen the following day welcoming defected politicians at the Katsina airport, again diverting security which resulted in mass murder by Boko Haram insurgents. The day hundreds were senselessly murdered at the Nyanya Park bombing, Dumbo was the day after partying hard with ogogoro flowing freely in a Kano political rally. Today, as Nigerian troops flee into Cameroon and into the jungles away from the murderous terrorists, Nigerians are left helpless in the hills and jungles because Dumbo has diverted security and even locked-down Abuja for his re-election declaration day. Imagine the evils of one man. So, the whole world can condemn until they get sore throats, Dumbo is a psychopath with without ears. It is in is character trait to do wrong. He cannot differentiate between right and wrong and it’s unimportant as long as his political ambitions are not threatened. A sane and concerned President would have visited the States, schools and Chibok affected by BH mayhem… but only a sane President!

    • Peace

      …all he had to do was threaten to spill blood on the streets of Nigeria should he lose the next election. From that day, the whole of you region out of trepidation lined up to support him. Why then will you not come here run your stinky mouth?

  • tsunami1earthquake

    America must stop playing the sympathizer who weeps louder than the bereaved. Since America has refused to sell arms to Nigeria then it has lost all standing to even comment or say a word about what is happening in this insurgency. Yes, America would not sell arms on account of Nigeria’s poor human rights record; but the same America would want Nigeria to go ahead and dislodge the Boko Haram and its activities that are serious violations of human rights. America, please put on your thinking cap and stop insulting Nigeria.

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  • Sam Bob-Manuel

    First your article is biased. Prof Jega confirmed on several occasions even after leaving office that elections were held in Rivers State. Ameachi Rotimi himself went to a polling unit for accreditation only to insist on seeing the result sheet. A document that was not to be seen until after voting. So if there was not election why did he meet a presiding officer at polling unit. Why did he not stay to vote and insist on protecting his vote that was his civic responsibility which he failed to do. More so, you are not from Rivers State and don’t base in Nigeria and everything you’ve heard was based on your interest and not the interest of the Rivers people because you don’t have the interest of the people of Rivers people in your heart. Furthermore, the onus was on APC to prove that there was not election contrary to what the appellate court did by pushing that responsibility to PDP to prove that there was election. Then again Rivers State is a core Christian State and a Muslim party in APC can’t rule over sons and daughters of the Most High God. The only reason why James Falake was not sworn in as governor in Kogi State is because he is a Christian. It is a battle of spirits where carnal minds like yours have no place. Politics is a game of power and you can get power either from God or the devil. So what did not make sense to you ,makes sense to God therefore rest your case because you are not more learned than the Supreme Court Judges.

    • dudu

      Just examine yourself in the mirror and look how pathetic you are. Reducing this to Christian vs Muslims..smh

      • Sam Bob-Manuel

        What is it if not a South-West Muslim (Tinubu) and a North-West Muslim (Buhari) conniving with gullible characters of perdition of your likes to Islamize a core Christian block and take their God given resources under the auspices of One Nigeria.

  • Mayo

    The more I read your articles, the more I’m amazed at how you ‘draw’ conclusions from available data.

    You said – From the tumultuous celebrations that has been going on in Port Harcourt, it is obvious that even Governor Wike and his supporters did not see his victory coming. Really? So because his supporters were quite happy, it means they were not expecting victory? Isn’t it possible that they were simply happy that the whole thing was over and that their man had finally won?

    You also said – Even the monitoring team sent from INEC concurred that the elections neither complied with stipulated regulations issued by INEC nor the Electoral Act. Which monitoring team from INEC? If according to you INEC felt the elections were not properly held, how come INEC was part of the case or didn’t you hear that INEC also appealed the Judgement of the lower courts?

  • John

    Dr. Uche Igwe, this a myopic political and self-aggrandizement conclusion. INEC made three provisions for the 2015 elections: the card reader, the incidence form and pasting of the supposed voters. In case you don’t know, the card reader was not a voting machine but to validate the authenticity of the voter(s) by the use of the card reader to validate his thumb-prints, ensuring that the voter is registered thus entitled to vote, In case of malfunctioning of the card reader, an incident form was provided to make entries in relation to the voters register so provided. Your argument and that of APC in relation to the card reader is based on lack of proper education and understanding in the whole electoral process. Talk of violence during the election in Rivers State, electoral violence were reported in so many states and regions. It was not only peculiar to Rivers State and other states where PDP won as portrayed by APC and myopic thoughts. Keep on reading!! Your write is one of those student activist write-ups bereft of understanding and situational analysis; Just your thoughts

  • MD

    I could not differ with you on your opinion on the verdict of the Rivers State election those supporting this verdict should remember using Dr. Igwe’s words “I guess that Rivers people know who has been enthroned as their governor and they should live with it. However let the truth be told. This verdict of the Supreme Court and the reasons they will give to back it up may become a turning point in how the Nigerian public will perceive the apex court of the land in years to come. If it is true that many people were murdered during that election; if it is true that there were sporadic gunshots, and there are stockpiles of weapons in the state, can there be peace without justice? What it means is that the verdict has either postponed the doomsday or added a new paragraph in our electoral lexicon – that you can simply shoot your way to power as much as you like, as far as you can find your way around to court to get validation.”

    And we can continue to justify our support of this verdict since we are a people whose support is mostly that of a tainted judgment system skewed towards our religious, personal, ethnic or political biases and not true justice. We have also help postponed the doomsday given the level of preparation of using whatever means to actualize political ambition with the forth coming rerun and the purported utterances of the administration of Nyesom Wike I pray we or any of our loved ones would not be consumed by the selfish ambition of this gladiators. The Supreme Court have only with this verdict sanction thuggery and violence as a means of gaining power and may God save us all.

  • Danvista

    I can rap my head around this convoluted piece. What the hell is this guy talking about!

  • Anietie John

    Absolute balderdash and a sickening rambling of a soul yet to settle his psychic accounts!