At least 7 killed in terrorist attack in Nigeria during UN secretary-general’s visit
CCTV News Client News On May 4, local time, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who was visiting Nigeria, met with Nigerian President Buhari in Abuja. On the 3rd, during Guterres’s visit to Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, which is threatened by terrorism, extremist militants launched a terrorist attack in the state, killing at least seven people.
On the 4th, Guterres met with Nigerian President Buhari at the Presidential Palace in Abuja. The two sides talked about the need to ensure peaceful and democratic elections and the active participation of women and young people in all fields. During the meeting, Guterres called on developed countries to strengthen vaccine support for developing countries, stop asymmetric vaccine distribution, and reform the global financial system. On the same day, Guterres also visited the UN office in Nigeria and laid wreaths to the victims of the 2011 bombing of the UN building in Nigeria.
On the 3rd, Guterres visited the terrorism-threatened state of Borno in northeastern Nigeria, where he proposed the placement of repentant terrorists in a camp for displaced persons. He said this is the key to restoring peace in northeastern Nepal.
Nigeria has been battling attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram and its affiliates in the northeast of the country since 2009. Violence in the region has killed 35,000 people and displaced millions, according to the United Nations Development Programme. Not long ago, Nigerian President Buhari said that the war against extremist groups is “coming to an end”. Analysts say some militants have laid down their weapons because of infighting in the organization.
Nigeria is the last leg of Guterres’ three-nation trip to Africa, which follows Senegal and Niger.