U.N. chief welcomes release of abducted schoolboys in Nigeria

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The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the release on December 17 of some of the children who were abducted from a secondary school in Katsina State, Nigeria, on December 11, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said in a statement on Friday.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres
UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Guterres commended the swift action taken by the Nigerian authorities to rescue the children and called for the immediate and unconditional release of those who remain abducted.

He stressed the importance that the released children and their families are provided with the necessary health and psychosocial support. 

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The Secretary-General called for increased efforts to safeguard schools and educational facilities in the country and reiterated the solidarity and commitment of the United Nations to supporting the Government and people of Nigeria in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime. 

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