UN assures Nigeria of support against insurgency

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations,  António Guterres, has assured Nigeria that UN agencies would continue to provide humanitarian support for Boko Haram victims.

The UN boss also appealed to member countries of the UN to channel additional resources to support Nigerian security forces.

He said this during a press briefing held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Saturday.

The UN chief also has been meeting with African leaders as part of the ongoing African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital.

Guterres expressed concern that journalists and humanitarian workers are becoming increasingly targeted in armed conflicts across the world.

He also said supporting security agencies engaged in combat against deadly non-state actors should take priority amongst global issues.

Security agencies across sub-Saharan Africa should be supported in order to have the “capacity to respond better” to violent attacks on civilians, including humanitarian workers, the secretary-general said.

African Union member countries are in Addis Ababa for a week-long summit of the union’s 33rd assembly.

Leaders would seek consensus solutions to the continent’s challenges under this year’s theme: ‘Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development’.

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