PHOTOS: UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-Moon Demands Unconditional Release Of Chibok Girls; Lays Wreath At UN Building Attacked By Boko Haram

Ban Ki-moon and Nigerian President Buhari speak to the press following their meeting in Abuja 
The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, on Monday [Aug 24] called for the unconditional release of the over 200 girls abducted in their school in Chibok, Borno State last year and other abductees of the Boko Haram sect.

Ban Ki-Moon made the appeal while addressing State House correspondents shortly after having a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as part of the activities lined up for his two-day visit to the country.

His call came the week the girls will be spending their 500th day in captivity. He commended Buhari who he said had embarked on an agenda for change in which he was prioritising security and anti-corruption war.

He promised UN support for the President’s agenda, saying “When you change Nigeria, you have also changed Africa.”

Buhari on his part said they discussed the difficult time Nigeria had found itself during the meeting. He said the step was taken so that the UN could assist the country. He thanked Ban Ki-Moon for extending invitation to him to attend the UN General Assembly holding in New York on September 27 and 28.

Ban Ki-Moon lays wreath at UN House in Abuja 4 years after bombing UN Building in Nigeria
Meanwhile, the UN scribe on Monday laid wreath at the bomb site of the United Nation’s building in Abuja attacked by the Boko Haram terrorists in 2011. After laying the wreath, Mr Ban Ki-moon urged the UN workers not to be discouraged by the bombing, but to remain committed to their job for the advancement of humanity.

At the UN building in Nigeria’s capital city, he condemned acts of extremism by the Boko Haram terrorist group. “Terrorism must be brought to an end not only in Nigeria but the world over so that peace could reign again among the peoples,” the UN Secretary General said.
Ban Ki-moon visits Garki 2 Health Centre in Abuja
In the second day of the official visit, the UN Secretary General will visit health units and immunisation centre in Garki area of Abuja to further assess Nigeria’s efforts towards the actualisation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Part of the activities for Monday is a dialogue and lunch with Nigerian Business actors under the theme “The role of Nigerian Business and Economy in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing Climate Change”.

The highpoint of Mr Ki-moon’s visit will be his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, which will be rounded off with a joint press conference. There will also be a dinner hosted by President Buhari in honour of the esteemed guest.

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