UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at AU meet

2015-01-29 14:19
Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File: AFP

Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File: AFP

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Addis Ababa - A spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he will be attending the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and that the threat posed by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria, will be a focus.

Stephane Dujarric, told reporters late on Wednesday in New York that the UN chief will be encouraging officials there to find a solution to the Boko Haram violence.

Boko Haram is increasing attacks as Nigeria prepares for 14 February elections. At least 10 000 people died in the 5-year insurgency in the past year.

Hiroute Guebre Selassie, the UN Special Envoy for the Sahel region in Africa, earlier said she is concerned that the Boko Haram's insurgency could destabilize West Africa if current trends continue.

Read more on:    un  |  au  |  boko haram  |  au summit  |  ban ki-moon  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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