Attack on United Nations Offices in Nigeria

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 26, 2011
UN Offices in Nigeria After Large Explosion on August 26

Today, a large explosion struck the United Nations' offices in Abuja, Nigeria. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released statements on the attack. President Obama said:

"I strongly condemn today's horrific and cowardly attack on the United Nations headquarters building in Abuja, Nigeria, which killed and wounded many innocent civilians from Nigeria and around the world. I extend the deepest sympathies of the American people to the victims and their families, colleagues, and friends, whom we will keep in our thoughts and prayers.

"The people who serve the United Nations do so with a simple purpose: to try to improve the lives of their neighbors and promote the values on which the UN was founded -- dignity, freedom, security, and peace. The UN has been working in partnership with the people of Nigeria for more than five decades. An attack on Nigerian and international public servants demonstrates the bankruptcy of the ideology that led to this heinous action.

"The United States strongly supports the work of the United Nations and its lasting bond with the people of Nigeria, a bond that will only emerge stronger in the wake of this murderous act."

Secretary Clinton said, "The United States strongly condemns today's terrorist attack on United Nations offices in Abuja, Nigeria. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who were killed and injured. There is no justification for this violence. These individuals were working to promote peace, expand opportunity and build a safer and more prosperous nation. The United Nations has been working side by side with Nigeria for more than five decades and the United States strongly supports its efforts. Vicious terrorist attacks such as these only strengthen our resolve and commitment to the work of the United Nations and the people of Nigeria."

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seit m.
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California, USA
August 26, 2011

Seit M. in California writes:

My condolences to all people affected by the cowardly attack on the UN office in Nigeria. Let’s remind ourselves that these are the people that have given their comfort of their home, family and friends in order to support fairness, peace, justice, equality and freedom of speech. When the ability in dealing with the daily issues to remain or enforce the desires for suppression brings human tragedy this in itself constitute a crime and those crimes must be censured very strongly by the entire Nations.

Elizabeth
August 26, 2011

Elizabeth C. writes:

May every thought of those loved lost always be for a blessing.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 29, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

It's time the AU and other member states of the UN get serious about the sponsors of terror sitting in the UNGA, as well as the groups associated with al-quaida like Boko Haram and Al Shebab as it seems to me that this was done to create the same effect as the UN bombing in Iraq where the UN flat withdrew its mission there, and this time a much different and oposite reaction must become manifest in a "surge" to prevent any such reccurance.

No more excuses. The sponsors of terror have no right to sit among the civilized nations of the world in New York when they are the biggest threat to mankind.

My sympathies to the families of those lost and my prayers to the survivors for their speedy recovery from this senseless tragedy.

EJ

Susan C.
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Florida, USA
August 30, 2011

Susan C. in Florida writes:

@ Eric..."The sponsors of terror have no right to sit among the civilized nations of the world..". Well said, my friend. Could not agree more.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 30, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Susan C.,

Just seems to be logical common sense that those who violate their charter membership in such a manner have voided their right to participate as UN member states in that org.

I suppose this will require a bit of modification to our "host nation" obligations under the circumstances, but it will be worth any flack we might get doing just that and denying visas in the process.

This gov. has long called for UN reform right?

Well then this would be a sure-fire way to achieve it.

Can't be soon enough for my liking.

Best,

EJ

lalith s.
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Haiti
August 30, 2011

Lalith S. in Haiti writes:

I extreamly worry about the terr attack. peace can not establish by violence. express my deapest sympathy for those who undeggone this crural attack.

John P.
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Greece
August 30, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

I agree with Susan and EJ.

Enough is enough!

Let's put a period, or at least a ;

John P.
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Greece
August 31, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

Let me correct myself a bit for being more accurate. ; in terrorism, is never enough. We need a FULL STOP. Period.

Everybody knows that terrorists are like snakes. You forget to fight one or two? After a year you have to face a whole gang again…

After two-three years you got to face a “spider” of snakes…

You cut them (snakes) with a knife in two parts; they still live in order to survive and split their poison asking for more blood.

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