Canada Condemns Renewed Violence in Nigeria and Calls for Reconciliation

(No. 96 - March 9, 2010 - 11:20 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the latest outbreak of violence in Plateau State, Nigeria:

“Canada condemns in the strongest of terms the renewed violence and the loss of life near the city of Jos.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the violence and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

“Canada supports the efforts of Goodluck Jonathan, in his role as Acting President, in tackling Nigeria’s governance and security challenges, including the recurring violence in Plateau State. We are particularly pleased by Mr. Jonathan’s commitment to ensuring accountability for those who have perpetuated the inter-communal conflict in recent years.

“We encourage the Government of Nigeria to continue to pursue its efforts to address the root causes of this recurring violence, and urge communities to continue working together to build a peaceful society.”

For more information on Canada’s engagement in Nigeria, please consult High Commission of Canada Nigeria.

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