No Nigerian was affected by Kenyan mall attack – FG


Kenya-Gunmen-attack-shopping-mallNigeria’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Amb. Akin Oyateru  has said that it was by sheer providence that no Nigerian national was affected in the Kenya Westgate Mall attack.

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As according to him, on that particular day there was an activity at one hotel at the centre which attracted lots of Nigerians, saying the mission had continued to advised the Nigeria communities both during the crisis and after on the need to take caution and follow security measures for their  own safety.

He put rough estimation of Nigeria population in Kenya at between 2000 and 2500.

Oyateru in a tele press conference monitored in Abuja, said the Nigerians in Kenya had shown solidarity and support to the Kenyans at this time of need.

He said: ” I can confirm to you that we are all save in Nairobi and its environs, fortunately no Nigeria national was affected by this but our hearts goes to family of the bereaved  and to the injured who we wish quick recovery. We have advised the Nigeria communities both during the crisis and after to take caution and security measures in other to keep them safe.

“Fortunately for us, on that particular day on time, we had a briefing at one hotel at the centre and a lot of our nationalities were at that location, we gave them security briefing before they left for home.”

The mission, he noted “on its own has tried various means to show our solidarity to the people of Kenya.

“We have been given some money to buy relief materials for those who were wounded. I have personally donated blood, this afternoon I encourage Nigerians to do that and to equally contribute towards the relief materials.”

Oyateru also noted that the Kenyan Government was yet to have direct communication with the terrorists group, Al-Shabab, through Al jezeera claimed responsibility for the acts, claiming that it was a call on Kenya to halt its fight against the group in Somaila

The High Commissioner stressed that “it is an international crime that calls for joint collaboration and corporation between all nations. The time has come to reinforce and strengthen the option available to confront terrorism.”

On possible fear that a similar attacks might be carried out in Nigeria because of the close link between the Al-Shabab and the terrorist group in Nigeria, Boko Haram, Oyateru said, “I will say that the response of Kenya to the demand of the terrorist is that Kenya is not going to pull out of Somalia. Kenya will be there as long as it requires to stabilize the situation in Somalia. Neither the Kenya Government, the Nigeria or any Government for that matter should succumb to the blackmail from  these group of people.”

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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