Guterres pays tribute to the victims of the 2011 attack on the UN building in Abuja

At least 23 people died and more than 60 injured in the August 26, 2011 Boko Haram attack on the The United Nations building in Abuja are unsung heroes, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Mr. Guterres said so on Wednesday in Abuja during his first two-day official visit to Nigeria since his appointment.

He said: “26 August 2011 is a date etched in the collective memory of the UN family. In this tragic terrorist bomb attack on the UN house, 23 UN staff and civilians were killed and more than 60 injured.

UN Chief António Guterres during a wreath laying ceremony at United Nations House, Abuja

“These staff members who lost their lives were unsung heroes who proudly served Nigeria through the work of our organization.

“They have worked for organizations that continue to support Nigerians. UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNODC.

“But they are also mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters and dear friends. All but one were Nigerian nationals and today we mark their tragic death from that dark day.

Since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency around 2009, the terrorist organization, which began as a pressure group, has continued to wreak havoc in the northeast of the country, with its splinter factions also contributing to banditry which is ravaging the country. North-West and North-Central.

More than 20,000 people, including civilians and security personnel, are believed to have died in attacks associated with the insurgency, while around 8.4 million people are believed to have been displaced in the three most affected states: Borno , Adamawa and Yobe.

A bomb attack attributed to Boko Haram in the United Nations building in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, killed more than 20 people and injured 60 others on August 26, 2011.

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Paying tribute to the victims, Mr. Guterres said that the United Nations family expresses its sympathy to their families, as well as to the women and men who work at the United Nations House every day to serve and support the people of Nigeria.

demand for justice

He also demanded that those responsible for the bombing of the United Nations House be brought to justice.

He said: “And we stand in solidarity with all Nigerians, may they experience similar violence in their own communities.

“In our victim-centered approach, perpetrators must be held accountable. We stand firm in our commitment to supporting a peaceful Nigeria for all. And I thank the Nigerian government for fixing this house, which has enabled our staff to come back here.

Earlier, Women’s Affairs Minister Pauline Tallen, who led delegates to meet Mr. Guterres, discussed gender equality and women’s participation in politics in Nigeria.

“His coming to Nigeria today has given us hope as we know he will lend his voice to all issues affecting women, gender based violence, child marriage, non-enforcement of some of our laws” , she said.

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