Ki-Moon marks Boko Haram attack on UN in Nigeria

Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on Monday laid a wreath to commemorate the fourth anniversary of a deadly attack on the global body by Boko Haram in the Abuja, Capital of Nigeria.

The secretary-general is due to hold talks with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, with violent extremism high on the agenda.

The talks will also touch on development and climate change.

While laying the wreath, the UN chief met with relatives of the victims of the bombing at the United Nations House and praised the “the extraordinary fortitude and determination” of the survivors.

“Our fallen colleagues and partners are remembered this morning with a moment of silence in many places.

“But nowhere are the memories of these colleagues more immediate, more vivid and more compelling than here in Abuja.

“We will remember them forever as truly the best of humanity,” he said.

It will be recalled 21 people died when a bomb-laden car exploded at UN House in Abuja, on Aug. 26, 2011.

According to the UN, the death toll rose to 24 in months that followed, while 12 non-UN staff were among the victims.

Boko Haram that had been blamed for the deaths of at least 15,000 people during a six-year-insurgency, mainly in Nigeria’s northeast, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The secretary-general will stop over in France on his return trip to discuss preparations for a major climate change conference to be held in Paris at the end of the year.

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