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Mission Time: 10:29:51, Monday, 27 Apr 2015

As part of their tour in the sub- region to visit countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency such as Chad, Cameroon and Niger,  the Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Central Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and Abdoulaye Bathily, met on Thursday , 16 April with the President of Nigeria, Mr. Jonathan Goodluck.

The UN Representatives commended President Jonathan for his statesmanship following the outcome of the March 28 Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Nigeria. They also conveyed the UN Secretary-General’s personal admiration for President Jonathan’s “exemplary leadership’’ with regard to the conduct of the general elections in Nigeria.

The UN Representatives expressed the hope that other African countries who are holding elections this year will learn from the good example of Nigeria, and reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support the on-going effort by Nigeria and other countries in West and Central Africa to end terrorist attacks against their citizens.

Statement by the SG on the One-Year Anniversary of the Abduction of Schoolgirls in Chibok

New York, 14 April 2015- One year ago, over 276 girls were abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Borno State, in north-eastern Nigeria. While some of the girls were fortunate to have escaped, the fate of many still remains unknown. We must never forget the kidnapped Chibok girls, and I will not stop calling for their immediate release and their safe return to their families.

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SC Press Statement on Boko Haram attacks against civilians in northeast Nigeria and Chad

New York, 7 April 2015- The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the recent terrorist attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and Chad including the deadly attacks in Kwajafa in Borno state, Nigeria, on 5 April 2015 and in Tchoukou Telia, Chad, on 3 April 2015.

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Statement of the Spokesperson for the SG on the announcement of election results in Nigeria
New York, 01 April 2015- The Secretary-General takes note of the results of the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections announced yesterday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He has spoken to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Major General (Rtd) Muhammadu Buhari.
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SRSG Mohamed Ibn Chambas briefed the Security Council on Boko Haram
Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the Office for West Africa (UNOWA) Mohamed Ibn Chambas briefed the Security Council briefing on Boko Haram, on 30 March 2015.
Mr. President, Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Council on Boko Haram. As Council members are aware, over the last few years, the violence and brutality of Boko Haram attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, as well as in neighbouring countries, has intensified. Today, as we meet, though weakened, the group continues to commit horrendous acts against civilians, including against women and children. We have received reports that children in particular have been abducted, abused, recruited, maimed and killed.
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Transparent management of natural resources, a key indicator of good governance
Dakar, 27 March 2015 – The United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) organized on 26 March 2015, a discussion session on “natural resources: a security, governance and human rights challenge in West Africa”. These discussions are part of a series of consultative meetings called "Arbre à Palabre" which is a platform for informal exchanges on the state of governance, human rights, peace and security in West Africa.

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On 21 April, the Prime Minister of Cameroon Mr. Philemon Yang met with Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UNOWA Chief and High Level Representative of the UN Secretary General for Nigeria, and Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, UNOCA Chief.