BY OMOLOLA SODUNKE
The UN has denied allegations of underplaying a letter calling on the UN Security Council to sanction
some of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries. The letter was written by a former President of the
Nigerian Senate, Sen. Ameh Ebute, calling on the UN Security Council to intervene in the fight
against the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to the news agency of Nigeria NAN, Ebute addressed the letter to the UN Secretary-
General António Guterres, and also copied the Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, Hague
complaining about the frequent cover that the insurgents get when they flee to neighbouring
countries. In the letter he wrote;
“…each time the insurgents strike in Nigeria, they escape into either or all of these countries for
refuge, during which time, they recuperate, re-energise, re-arm and surface to attack new targets in
The Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric, has however denied that the Council
ever received any letter of such. He said he was shocked to see the press reports but on the
contrary not the purported letter. Stephane said the UN is committed to ensuring that it plays its
part in ending terrorism.
“Obviously, the question of sanctions is up for the Council… I think for the UN, for our part, we’ve
always counted on the cooperation of all countries in the Lake Chad Basin in the fight against Boko
Haram,” Dujarric said.
The said letter by the former Senate President also implored the UN security Council to investigate
the “nuances of the consuming terrorism undercurrents” which is says are big threats in Nigeria,
which can escalate to breach of international peace and security.
He further called on the council to invoke relevant instruments, particularly Article 99 of the UN
Charter, which states that;
“The Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his
opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.” The report said.