The United States of America and Britain have condemned the recent attacks carried out by Boko Haram, saying the insurgents have no regard for human lives.
The US government noted that much work remained to be done by Nigeria and its neighbours involved in fighting the Boko Haram.
Between December 25 and 28, the Islamist sect renew its onslaught against the North-East by killing scores in Borno and Adamawa states.
In a statement following the December 27 and 28 attacks, the British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, said Britain would continue to provide assistance to Nigeria to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end.
He added, “Boko Haram attacks on civilians in recent days, some of whom were in a mosque, show a contemptible disregard for human life. I utterly condemn them.
“Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives or were injured. The United Kingdom continues to support the Nigerian authorities as they fight terrorism and to provide aid to those suffering because of Boko Haram’s actions.”
Also, in a statement by the US Embassy in Nigeria, the US government condemned the terrible attacks by the insurgents.
According to the US Department of State spokesperson, Mark Toner, Boko Haram has rendered more than two million people homeless across the Lake Chad Basin region, noting that at least 170,000 Nigerians had been displaced.
Toner stated, “The United States condemns the terrible attacks carried out by Boko Haram in Nigeria, December 25–28, as well as other recent attacks in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Boko Haram killed dozens of innocent people who were targeted as they went about their daily lives—attending service at a mosque, shopping in a neighbourhood market, or simply travelling down a road.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, and we stand with the people of Nigeria and the region in the fight against Boko Haram.
“The United States remains committed to helping Nigeria and its neighbours counter Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terror. Despite much progress over the past year — due in large part to newly bolstered Nigerian and regional efforts — more work remains to ensure the people of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria live in peace.”