United Nations Security Council has called on all states to cooperate with Nigeria in bringing the sponsors and perpetrators of last week’s deadly multiple attacks in Kano to justice. This is coming just as a UN report highlighted growing concerns of governments in the Sahel region over the Boko Haram menace and proliferation of weapons since the fall of Libyan leader, Muammar Ghaddafi.
A statement issued on Wednesday night said the 15-member council, “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,” and urged “all states to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.” Describing the attacks that claimed not less than 150 lives as “heinous crimes”, the council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”
While expressing its deep sympathy and condolences to victims of the attacks, it added that acts of terrorism should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group. The council’s statement is coming on the heels of a briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit, who cautioned the council that progress in the region remained tenuous and could be undermined by developments such as the presence of an extremist group in Nigeria.