By Ahmed Ahmed
The Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria supports and reiterates the call for an immediate durable and sustained humanitarian truce between Israeli forces and Hamas in the Gaza conflict.
This is contained in a statement issued by Amb. Yusuf M. Tuggar,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and made available to the newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi, asking for the opening of the humanitarian corridor.
The statement said the situation in Gaza is dire and requires immediate attention as a result of the recent uptick in violence. Women, children, and other vulnerable groups are among Innocent civilians that have suffered greatly as a result of the indiscriminate violence and are currently bearing the consequences.
“The parties in the conflict must uphold the fundamental values of human rights and international humanitarian law, which places a premium on ensuring civilians’ safety and well-being even in times of conflict.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is calling on the Israeli Government to grant humanitarian access to the millions of people that have been displaced since the crisis broke. The lack of water, food, medical supplies and fuel shortages have compounded the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria also calls on all parties involved to immediately agree to a ceasefire and engage in diplomatic negotiations to resolve the conflict.,” The Statement said.
According to the statement, Both parties are urged to exercise utmost restraint and prioritize the safety and well-being of civilians. Indiscriminate attacks that result in civilian casualties must be avoided at all costs.
“The prayer of the Nigerian nation is with those who have lost their lives in the conflict and families that have suffered human and material losses, and also those that are currently recuperating from injuries.
It however said FG is reiterating its call once again for a quick deescalation of hostilities by both sides and a return to the negotiating table to continue the search for peaceful resolutions
“As well as implementation of the two-state solution as a permanent settlement of the intergenerational cycle of violence,” he said.