New York

17 February 2021

Note to Correspondents – in response to questions on Nigeria

In response to questions asked about the abduction of schoolchildren in Nigeria, the Spokesman has the following to say:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the 17 February attack on the Government Science College Kagara in Nigeria’s north-central region which resulted in the death of one student and the abduction of other school children, relatives and staff.  The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the bereaved and his sympathies to the affected families.

The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks on schools and other educational facilities are abhorrent and unacceptable.

The Secretary-General urges the Nigerian authorities to spare no efforts in rescuing those abducted and holding to account those responsible for this act.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General