The United Nations has decried the killing of women and children in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State last week soon after a series of violent incidents where numerous people, including children, were killed in the Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State.
The UN, in a statement issued on Sunday by the Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, strongly condemned these attacks, which led to the deaths of dozens of people, including children.
Schmale also expressed concern that people continued to be killed and injured in subsequent attacks, stressing that citizens must be protected and be able to live in peace.
Schmale called for a lasting solution to end the continuous killings in some parts of the country.
According to him, “These atrocities must not continue unchecked. The UN stands with the government and people of Nigeria in their efforts to bring an end to this senseless violence, bring to justice perpetrators and ensure that all citizens are protected and able to live in peace and security.”
He added “We call on all parties to work towards a peaceful resolution to this violence and to respect the sanctity of human life. The UN remains committed to supporting the government and people of Nigeria in their quest for a peaceful and prosperous nation.”
“We urge groups involved in the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and refrain from attacking innocent civilians, especially women and children who have nothing to do with the conflict. We also call for a lasting solution to be found that will provide a sustainable and peaceful resolution to the conflict.”