US Condemns Attacks in Nigeria’s Kano and Bauchi State

Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland today said the United States strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in the city of Kano and Bauchi state in Nigeria over the past several days.

“We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless violence. We call for a full investigation of the attacks and for those responsible to be held accountable.” – Ms. Nuland

She said it is a time for all Nigerians to stand united against the enemies of civility and peace. She cited that Nigeria’s ethnic and religious diversity is a source of strength for the country and those who seek to undermine that strength with divisive tactics cannot succeed.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of Nigeria, holds a press conference at UN Headquarters.UN Photo/Mark Garten

She stressed that the United States remains strongly committed to working with Nigerian officials to find a way to bring peace to the north through both security and political responses and to work with the Nigerian government and others in the international community to promote greater economic development and long-term growth throughout northern Nigeria.

She reiterated the importance of protecting innocent civilians in any law enforcement response to such attacks. She stressed the issues are at the center of the regional security cooperation working group meeting taking place in Abuja January 23-24, as a part of the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission.

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