The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, has condemned the attack on Nigerian soldiers in Matele by Boko Haram terrorists – Guterres extended his condolences to the government of Nigeria and to the families of the victims – The UN chief said several other bases were targeted apart from Matele, Borno The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, has condemned the attacks in Nigeria by terrorists and other extremist groups that have taken a toll on security forces and civilians, especially in Borno state. Guterres, in a statement by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, extended his “heartfelt condolences to the government of Nigeria and to the families of those who have lost their life”.
A major attack took place at a Nigerian military base in Metele, Borno, carried out by the extremists a week ago, in which scores of soldiers were killed. The UN chief said several other bases were targeted, according to news reports. READ ALSO: Just in: President Buhari increases salary of Nigerian Police Force “Those who violate international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law must be held accountable,” Guterres said. The recent increase in violence stems from a power-struggle between militant factions in the region. President Muhammadu Buhari had vowed to end the insurgency across the north-east, which is the stronghold of the Boko Haram militant group, founded nearly a decade ago.
The UN chief noted that “national elections are due to be held in February next year”. “The United Nations stands in solidarity with the government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism,” the UN chief said.
In another development, President Buhari on Sunday, November 25, presided over a meeting of security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as part of the ongoing efforts to engage military and intelligence community towards addressing Boko Haram insurgency. Confirming this development in a tweet in Abuja on Sunday, the president’s aide on new media, Bashir Ahmad, said all the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police Idris Ibrahim and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) Yusuf Bichi were part of the meeting.