Canada Condemns Latest Boko Haram Attack in Nigeria

May 8, 2014 - Following reports of the killing of more than 300 civilians in northeastern Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns the massacre in Gamboru Ngala and offers its condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

“This attack follows on the heels of the abhorrent kidnapping of schoolgirls by Boko Haram. The kidnapping of schoolgirls to force them into marriage and slavery is immoral and an outrage. The young girls are in our hearts and in our prayers.

“Canada continues to demand their immediate release and has offered to provide the Nigerian authorities with assistance. Our government is deeply committed to promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls worldwide.

“On December 30, 2013, Canada listed Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. Canada’s Criminal Code criminalizes membership in Boko Haram, as well as the transfer of money to support it.”

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