The Government of Nigeria on Saturday reiterated its call for an immediate durable and sustained humanitarian truce between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza.
Nigeria also called for the opening of humanitarian corridor, saying that 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, the government said are among innocent civilians that have suffered greatly as a result of the consequences of the crisis between Hamas and Israel.
In a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, Nigeria urged all the parties in the conflict to uphold the fundamental values of human rights and international humanitarian law, which places premium on ensuring civilians’ safety and well-being even in times of conflict.
The statement further reads:
“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.
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.
“Finally, the Federal Government of Nigeria 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 and the implementation of the two-state solution as a permanent settlement of the inter-generational cycle of violence”.