The United Nations, UN, on Tuesday, said its perception about Nigeria being a country that has low or medium security measures is probably in doubt after the attack on its building in Abuja by the Islamic religious group, Boko Haram.
The international organization revealed that it was still trying to recover pictures from the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) mounted in and around the building before its attack.
The UN Under-Secretary for Security, Gregory Starr, while addressing Nigerian journalists in Abuja, said, “We looked at this country as one with low or medium security threat. This is not the kind of country from which we expected this kind of attack.
“We think that the security measures we took, despite this heinous attack, saved a tremendous amount of lives. Over all, the security situation we believed to be low or medium grew to be incorrect. We need to take further measures in the future.
He said the UN office in Abuja has not recovered from the shock from the attack. He added that adequate security measures commensurate with the environment were put in place to secure lives of the workers, as well as other UN properties.
Mr. Starr blamed the attack on religious extremism of the attackers who, he alleged, were also opposed to the UN stance against global terrorism.
“We take the responsibility of the security of our personnel seriously, but like I said, it is a combination of what we get from the host government and the types of things that we do for ourselves. But every dollar that we spend on security is money that is not going to health care, development programs and the type of things the UN is expected to do.
“We look to our host government to provide our security over all. We support or reinforce host government’s efforts with our internal efforts. Similarly, the investigation that is being conducted is being done by the Nigerian government.
“They have asked the FBI to assist in any way they can. We did have CCTV cameras up. It is my understanding that the servers for CCTV cameras where close to the blast.
He added that though they do not usually release the images, but the FBI and Nigerian government are trying to recover them from the cameras. He said Nigerian security officials are leading the investigation of the blast.