Ban Ki-moon appalled by Nigeria attacks

2012-01-22 22:34

New York - UN leader Ban Ki-moon is "appalled" by the wave of bomb attacks in Nigeria and called for transparent investigations into the scores of deaths, his spokesperson said.

Ban "condemns in the strongest terms the multiple attacks that have taken place across the northern Nigerian city of Kano, causing large-scale casualties and massive destruction to property," said UN spokesperson Ban Ki-moon in a statement released late on Saturday.

"The secretary general is appalled at the frequency and intensity of recent attacks in Nigeria, which demonstrate a wanton and unacceptable disregard for human life."

Ban expressed "solidarity" with the Nigerian government and people and called for "swift and transparent investigations" into the attacks.

Co-ordinated bombings and gun battles in Kano on Saturday killed 166 people in Kano.

A spokesperson claiming to represent the Boko Haram group said the militants were responsible.

  • Francois - 2012-01-22 23:11

    What did Zuma say? How is the AU going to act swiftly on this one? Seems BAN is already on the BANdwagon, but Zuma is probably still waiting for official news or a consensus from Africa or a hotel with a shower.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-22 23:22

    What are the Governments doing to ensure Peace and order in all these war torn countries

      Derek - 2012-01-23 21:36

      Unforunately Charmaine, they are the ones stoking the flames.

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-23 04:19

    ...... and in more news. Islamist ABDULLAH (he of the full caps) writes a Mynews24 article claiming "I disagree with the notion that religion can be the source of conflict".

      Barry - 2012-01-23 07:11

      @Godrey.. I support your comment. Imagine if there was no religion. The world would probably be a far better place.

  • Piet - 2012-01-23 06:56

    Please somebody explain to Ban the AFRICAN way of doing things.... Anything goes to start a genocide.

      Francois - 2012-01-23 11:12

      Like Europe did in 1939 and 2005, to name just 2? And France still sold arms to the warring parties in Rwanda - this is not an African way - it is a human way.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-23 08:14

    For the first time since BAn Ki-Moon became the UN General Secretary, I was about to agree with him that killings in Nigeria are inexplicably high and must come to an end. However, it was not until he began to cast his aspersions against the other group, that he began to talk like imperialist and not the head of UN. Since he took over the reins, the UN has become an endorsement agency for Anglo-American terrorism and neo-colonialism and the sooner he goes, then the better for the image of the orgnisation. I can't understand howe he came to blame the other party when ordinary Nigerians protested against introduction of new tax laws and when the government of the day use force to beat them into submission? In fact, if there is anybody to be rebuked for killing of innocent citizens is Goodluck Jonathan's administration.

      Derek - 2012-01-23 21:34

      Thanks David, at least some people see through the lies!

  • Michael McN - 2012-01-24 01:50

    Who demoted Secretary General Ban to UN spokesperson? Was it you, News24?!

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