The Federal Government of Nigeria reiterated on Saturday its call for an immediate and sustained humanitarian truce between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza.
The October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas fighters has killed at least 1,400 people in Israel and prompted retaliation that in turn killed more than 7,000 people in Gaza.
The FG, in a statement signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar urged parties in the conflict to uphold the fundamental values of human rights and international humanitarian law, which place a premium on ensuring civilians’ safety and well-being even in times of conflict.
According to the statement, Nigeria also called 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 minister called 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 de-escalation 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,” Tuggar stated.