Boko Haram Masterminded August 26 UN Abuja Building Bomb Blast Claims 24th Victim – UN Statement

UN Abuja Bomb Blast

24 victim died in a South African Hospital

The United Nations is deeply saddened by the death of one more person as a result of the attack on the UN House in Abuja on Friday, August 26, 2011. Mr. Sunday Nwachukwu, a staff of the UNDP, passed on in South Africa on Sunday, 9 October.

Mr. Nwachukwu was one of the first 12 critically injured UN staff members on life support systems who were evacuated to South Africa on air ambulances in August. The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, who has consoled the family of the victim, described the late Mr. Nwachukwu as “a hard working colleague and a friendly brother”.

The death toll from the bomb blast now stands at 24: 12 UN staff and 12 non-UN staff.

The United Nations Country Team in Nigeria (UNCT) once again presents its deepest condolences to the families of victims, and reiterates its gratitude to the authorities and people of Nigeria and other partners for their active support.

“The devastating attack has taken the lives of our colleagues and partners and maimed many people all of whom were in the building in the pursuit of service to others” said UN Resident Coordinator Daouda Toure. “Their sacrifice will not be in vain; we will strive to pursue our work, the work for the people of Nigeria as prescribed in the UN Charter, which says ‘we the people’.”

He reaffirmed that the United Nations System in Nigeria, composed of various agencies and organizations, will continue on its mission to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms.

The UN program delivery also continues to focus on job creation, poverty alleviation, democratic governance, and reproductive and maternal health for all.

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