Foreign Minister Steinmeier on attacks in Nigeria

02.06.2015 - Press release

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement on recent attacks in Nigeria, which have claimed many lives:

Brutal attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria have once again claimed many lives. I share the pain of the relatives of the victims and wish to offer them my heartfelt condolences. The new Nigerian President Buhari has announced that the fight against the terror of Boko Haram is a matter of the highest priority for him and his government. Nigeria has made some progress in this area in recent weeks. I strongly encourage President Buhari to keep up his efforts in the fight against terror and to take steps to deepen regional cooperation, and especially the partnership with the neighbouring countries Niger, Chad and Cameroon. This will also be our message at the talks that we will hold with our African partners on the fringes of the G7 Summit.

Background information:

The Islamist terrorist organisation Boko Haram has carried out fresh attacks in Nigeria. Around 50 people were killed in Maiduguri. Nigeria’s President Buhari has declared his intention to fight the terror and announced that he will be travelling to the G7 Summit.

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