The United Nations, UN, and African Union Commission, AUC, have indicated to help President Goodluck Jonathan to put an end to the menace of members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, which has led to the death of many people in the country.
The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon; and the AUC chairperson, Dr. Jean Ping, made this known in their separate remarks at the opening of the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ki-Moon said the UN was working closely with AU to address transnational challenges in West Africa, including terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and the rise of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
He said: “With respect to Nigeria, I am deeply troubled by the indiscriminate and unacceptable violent attacks. No cause justifies terror.
“We stand in solidarity with the authorities and the people of Nigeria for democratic and accountable governance.”
He urged African leaders to adopt a preventive approach to human rights, saying the Arab Spring took many by surprise with traditional indicators showing that the countries were stable or doing well.
Ki-Moon said below the surface of the indicators, there were deprivation, exclusion and abuse, adding that “events have proved that repression is a dead-end. Police power is no match for people power seeking dignity and justice.
“The women and men protesting in streets and public squares across the region are both an inspiration and a reminder.
“A reminder that leaders must listen to their people, that all of us must do more,” he added.
Ki-Moon said though trade and investment were crucial for development, Africa’s future also depended on investments in civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
He identified discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity as one form of discrimination which, he said, had been ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long.
Ping, on his part, regretted that over the past months, the continent has witnessed a resurgence of terrorism, particularly in Nigeria.
“I take this opportunity to reiterate the strong condemnation by the AU of the criminal attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups, and to reiterate our support for the efforts of the government of Nigeria,” he said.