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N°: 037/2014
3 March 2014 [Abuja-Nigeria]

STATEMENT BY ECOWAS COMMISSION ON LATEST TERRORIST ATTACK ON NIGERIA

The ECOWAS Commission strongly condemns the unprovoked attack by a terrorist armed group on a Federal Government College in Nigeria’s North-eastern State of Yobe that resulted in the deaths of some 50 innocent students in the early hours of Wednesday 25th February 2014. On behalf of the Community Institutions, the President of the Commission His Excellency Désiré Kadré Ouédraogo wishes to express his heartfelt condolences to His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Government and People of Nigeria, as well as the bereaved families. This Yobe attack adds to the growing number of needless terrorist onslaughts that have claimed hundreds of lives in Nigeria in the recent past. The Commission wishes to assure the Government and good people of Nigeria that the entire Community stands solidly behind them in this moment of grief and in the collective efforts to rid the country and the region of terrorism, a dangerous cankerworm that has not spared any part of the globe. The latest terrorist attack is a wake-up call, not just on the Nigerian authorities, but on every of our Member States and all our Community citizens to remain vigilant and more importantly, to join hands with all relevant agencies in the battle against terrorism in our region. The Commission wishes to reaffirm its commitment and determination to collaborate with all Member States and other partners in the struggle to make our region terror-free, and to promote the necessary environment for peace and security towards realizing our overarching goal of regional integration and development. H.E. Désiré Kadré OUEDRAOGO President of the ECOWAS Commission


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