By Abiodun Oluwarotimi
New York — The United States government on Thursday condemned in the terrorist attacks that took place at the beginning of the week in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena and in Nigeria.
Expressing the concerns of the government of his country over the attacks, Mr. John Kirby, State Department’s Spokesperson, extended America’s deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the innocent victims who were killed in the attack.
“Our thoughts are also with the many who sustained injuries” he added, stressing that the American government was dedicated to supporting Chad, Nigeria and their regional partners engaged in the fight against Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has said that peacekeepers deserve the support and attention of the UN Security Council, adding that her country relies on the Council’s candor expertise as commanders to help in addressing the challenges facing peacekeeping.
Samatha who said this during a briefing of the Security Council in New York yesterday added that the world must prepare peacekeepers for the missions in which they serve – as they are increasingly dangerous missions.
Speaking further, she said: “We must do everything possible to avoid sending men and women unprepared into environments where violent extremists operate. We owe it to our peacekeepers and the people they protect to do better. And we extend special condolences to Chad, which has lost more soldiers in MINUSMA, I believe, than any other contingent”