The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has said that perpetrators of terrorism in Nigeria must be brought to justice.
He disclosed that the UN was adopting a victim-centred approach to tackling the menace in the country.
The UN Chief, who was on a two-day visit to Nigeria, said this on Wednesday after laying a wreath in honour of the victims of the terrorist attack at the UN House, Abuja on August 26, 2011, which killed 23 UN staff and civilians and injured 16 others.
His visit took him to Maiduguri on Tuesday where he met with the internally displaced persons and assured them of the UN support.
Guterres’ admonition was against the backdrop of the de-radicalisation programme of the Federal Government which had resulted in a pardon for scores of former Boko Haram fighters.
He said “On that tragic day (August 26, 2011) an appalling terrorist attack on the UN House left 23 UN employees and civilians’ dead and 16 injured. Those staff members who lost their lives are heroes who proudly served Nigerians through the UN organisations.
“We encourage all Nigerians who have endured similar violence in their communities. In our victim-centered approach, perpetrators must be held accountable. We remain steadfast in our commitment for a peaceful Nigeria and for all people.”
Guterres also thanked the Federal Government for its support in reconstructing the UN House.
The UN boss had a succession of meetings with several groups, which included the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, members of the diplomatic corps, religious leaders, civil society organisations, women groups, and people living with disabilities and others.