Zuma condemns Nigeria kidnappings, Kenya blast

2014-05-19 13:25
President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: file, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: file, AFP)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Monday expressed concern about the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria.

"The government and the people of South Africa condemn in the strongest terms the abduction of school children in the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the armed group Boko Haram and calls on the kidnappers to release the children without further delay," Zuma said.

About 230 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok in Nigeria's north-eastern state of Borno on 14 April. Militant group Boko Haram have claimed responsibility for the act.

Kenya bombing

Zuma also denounced the bombing in Kenya on Friday which resulted in 10 deaths and 70 people being wounded.

Zuma said targeting unarmed civilians was deplorable.

He said the African Union (AU) needed to urgently activate its peace and security structure to end the activities of armed groupings responsible for attacks on civilians.

He called on the African Union to ensure peace and stability on the continent.

"It is crucial to build a stronger and a well resourced AU to take forward the promotion of peace, security, and the socio-economic advancement of the continent," he said.

These worrying developments threatened to undermine progress made by the continent on economic and other fronts.

CAR

"Part of the capacity needed by the AU is the establishment of the African Standby Force for rapid deployment in crisis areas without delays," he said.

He called on the people of the Central African Republic to work towards peace in their country.

"The people of the CAR have endured enough strife and conflict. We urge all leaders in the CAR to unite the people behind a common vision of peaceful coexistence and national unity," Zuma said.


- SAPA
Read more on:    au  |  boko haram  |  jacob zuma  |  central african republic  |  nigeria  |  kenya  |  east africa  |  west africa  |  nigeria kidnappings
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