UN Security Council warns over tensions in Nigeria, others

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned the growing violence across states in Nigeria and it border countries.

The international body in a statemnet released on Sunday, August 12, said it is worried over the continued tensions linked to electoral processes, social and economic difficulties and conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.

According to the organisation, it remained concerned at the security and humanitarian situation caused by Boko Haram and other armed groups. 

Vanguard reports that the UNSC said these attacks have caused large-scale and devastating losses across these areas.

The state read: “The Security Council strongly condemns all terrorist attacks carried out in the region, including those perpetrated by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh).

“These attacks have caused large-scale and devastating losses, have had a devastating humanitarian impact including through the displacement of a large number of civilians in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, and represent a threat to the stability and peace of West and Central Africa.

“The Council notes with particular concern the continuing use by Boko Haram of women and girls as bombers, which has created an atmosphere of suspicion towards them and made them targets of harassment and stigmatisation in affected communities, and of arbitrary arrests by security forces.

 

“The Council emphasises the need for affected States to counter-terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including by addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, in accordance with obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law," the statement said.

The UNSC further encouraged partners to increase security assistance to Lake Chad Basin Commission countries, and humanitarian and development support across the region for those affected by Boko Haram activities. 


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