Secretary-General remembers victims of deadly militant attack on UN in Nigeria

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right). UN Photo

The UN Secretary-General has paid tribute to the victims of a deadly terror attack on the UN's headquarters in Abuja four years ago.

During a trip to Nigeria this week, Ban Ki-moon met with injured staff that survived the bombing by the Boko Haram militant group.

Siobhán Garside reports.

At a ceremony Monday commemorating the 2011 bombing, the UN Secretary-General paid tribute to the 23 people who died as he laid a wreath at the United Nations house in the Nigerian capital. 

UN spokesperson Vanina Maestracci said his visit was part of a series of meetings the Secretary-General held with Nigeria's president, state governors and business leaders on the new Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, and other matters. 

“The Secretary-General had a very busy day today in Abuja. He met with President Buhari and he talked with him about the different issues that the United Nations and Nigeria are working together on. That includes, of course, the post-2015  agenda, and sustainable development, the fight against climate change, of course, but also he praised the president for the peaceful election that took place recently here.”  

Ms Maestracci said they also discussed the violent extremism in the country's northeast. 

Mr Ban also visited children at a health centre and a school. 

Siobhán Garside, United Nations.

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