The UN Security Council condemns Boko Haram attacks

Members of the United Nations Security Council have publicly condemned the seriousness of recent terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and Chad.

In a recent press statement, Council members have extended their sympathies to the families of the victims and their condolences to all those who were injured in the various different attacks in Kwajafa, Borno state, Nigeria, on the 5th of April, and in Tchoukou Telia, Chad, on the 3rd of April 2015, and reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law.

The Security Council also confirmed its position that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the actions of Boko Haram constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. It reminded that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by who ever committed. Members of the Council stressed that it should be combated by all means possible in accordance with the UN Charter.

The Council’s recent press statement urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and their members to adopt a common strategy and develop active support and coordination to more effectively and urgently combat the threat posed by Boko Haram at their upcoming Summit.

It also highlighted the requirement of a fully comprehensive approach that would successfully combat Boko Haram and the threat it poses to the region. It added that members welcomed the convening of a Joint ECOWAS-ECCAS experts meeting in Douala, Cameroon on the 2nd of April 2015 as a step towards achieving this goal of enhanced cooperation.