The UK Foreign Secretary; William Jefferson Hague has reacted fervidly to the recent extremist attack in north east Nigeria, as he reiterated UK’s support pointing out that the protection the citizens who are civilians is paramount.
According to a press statement released by through Rob Fitzpatrick; the Press, Political and Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission, Abuja, Hague expressed his deep sadness over the multiple deaths in the town of Bama in the process of an attack launched by the Boko Haram making it the latest of a series attacks on unsuspecting civilians in the region of Borno State. He stated further that these attacks on innocent Nigerians have no justification whatsoever as he condemned the attacks in the strongest terms.
Hague said the growing insecurity and escalation of hostilities in north-east Nigeria is of deep concern and yesterday’s attack in Bama follows the terrible loss of life in the town of Baga last month and disturbing allegations of human rights violations.
The Foreign Secretary said Nigeria (Federal Government) is saddled with the responsibility to defend every Nigerian citizen from terrorism according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2013 Annual Human Rights report and the British Government will lend every support the Nigerian Government needs to tackle the challenges of insecurity that is stirring the country in the face, with the protection of citizens being paramount. He however asked the Nigerian Government to open an investigation into the Baga violence which claimed the lives of several innocent citizens
“I welcome the commitment by the Nigerian authorities to open an investigation into the events at Baga. It is important that the Nigerian Government investigates all such incidents rigorously, objectively and transparently.”