U.S condemns insecurity, asks Buhari to take action over killings in northern Nigeria

The United State government has condemned the incessant attacks on citizens of Nigeria living in the northern part of the country.

The U.S. government, in a statement signed by Michael Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State from its Nigeria embassy said the recent killings are senseless and brazen and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take necessary actions against insecurity in the country.

“We condemn the recent senseless and brazen killings of civilians in northern Nigeria,” the statement read.

“In recent weeks, suspected ISIS West Africa militants launched multiple attacks in Borno State, killing more than 120 civilians, including women, children, and the elderly. On June 9, unidentified armed bandits attacked a village in Katsina State, killing dozens.

“These horrific crimes follow the shooting of a pastor and his pregnant wife on June 1 and the killing of an imam, local village head, and several civilians on June 5  in  the course of inter-communal violence in  Taraba State.

“Tens of thousands of civilians have lost their lives in Nigeria in recent years to violent attacks  by  terrorist groups  or  criminal gangs, in inter-communal violence, or due to their religious beliefs.

“The United States calls on the Government of Nigeria to do more to strengthen ongoing efforts to address this violence, hold those responsible accountable, and protect civilians.”

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