UK, UPP Condemn Abuja Blast as UN Chief Urges Proactive Measures

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The United Kingdom has condemned Wednesday's bomb blast at the popular Emab Plaza in Abuja which has now claimed 24 lives.

Also, the United Progressive Party  (UPP)condemned Wednesday bomb blast as sadism of the worst order which must be checked at all cost.

UK's Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds in a statement said terrorism has brought untold misery to innocent Nigerians regardless of their faiths and backgrounds.

He expressed solidarity with the Nigerian government in its effort to ensure she curbs the activities of Boko Haram.

The UK also backed the decision of the UN to list sect leader, Abubakar Shekau and the terrorist organisation, Ansaru as terrorist organisation for sanction
"… It demonstrates the commitment of the international community to stand by the people of Nigeria as they confront the scourge of terrorism. Participants at the London Ministerial on Security in Northern Nigeria on 12 June committed to securing these listings. The UK co-sponsored the listings, a sign of our commitment to defeating terrorism," Simmonds said.

Meanwhile the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon has called on world leaders to take proactive measures against terrorism and insurgency.
Speaking during a press conference on the sidelines of the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Thursday evening, Ki Moon also condemned all acts of terrorism on the African continent.

"I have been asking world leaders, first of all, not to allow any space, any reason, where extremist elements or terrorists can just infiltrate, when they see some weak points, cause by the grievances and discontent of the people. This may create such breeding ground for extremist elements," he said.

He also advised world leaders to implement comprehensive policies and reach out to all sectors of their societies, listen attentively and address all discontent. This would ensure preventive measures are taken, he added.

The UN Chief however noted that countering terrorism was a very serious issue which cannot be handled by a single country or organisation alone.
"We have to have a very comprehensive strategy supported and directed by the whole international community," he urged.

Ki Moon also gave insight into some of the challenges faced by UN peace keeping operations where with a current budget of $8 billion, the number of peacekeeping operations and deployed soldiers keep increasing.

There is also a lack of training, equipment and logistical support, he said, and added that most of the troop contributing countries need to be supported in terms of equipment and training.

"…by the time the peacekeeping operation is deployed, the situation might be over and populations might have been affected, we might have lost a lot of lives. That is a serious matter," Ki Moon lamented.

On the Abuja attack, UPP said it was inconceivable that the Boko Haram insurgents could be so brazen and audacious in killing innocent Nigerians at the centre of Abuja despite international military action against them.

"The Wuse attack is a wake-up call to security agents to crush the menace of these heartless insurgents, otherwise nobody will be safe in Nigeria. An attack in the centre of Abuja is attack against the territorial integrity of Nigeria and must be resisted.

"Security agents must fish out the perpetrators of this mayhem and their sponsors and bring them to book. It is time for patriotism. We call on Nigerians to support the Federal Government in the fight against terrorism which Mr. President said is worst than civil war.

"Notwithstanding, Government at all levels must discharge their responsibilities to the citizenry as security and welfare of the people are the primary purpose of government as crafted in section 14(2)b of the 1999 constitution as amended.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this dastardly act. May God console and strengthen all those affected by the bomb blast.

We commiserate with the management and staff of the New Telegraph Newspaper over the death of their staff.

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