In a renewed call for peace and compassion, the Federal Government of Nigeria has once again urged an immediate and sustained humanitarian ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza. The conflict, which escalated with an attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7, has resulted in a devastating loss of life and suffering on both sides.
The October 7 attack initiated by Hamas militants has tragically claimed the lives of at least 1,400 people in Israel. In response, Israel’s retaliation has led to the deaths of over 7,000 individuals in Gaza. These numbers reflect the severe human toll of the ongoing hostilities, underscoring the urgent need for an end to the violence.
Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Nigeria, signed a statement conveying the government’s deep concern and calling on all parties involved to respect the fundamental principles of human rights and international humanitarian law. These principles prioritize the safety and well-being of civilians, even during times of conflict.
Nigeria’s government further implored the Israeli government to grant humanitarian access to the millions of people who have been displaced since the crisis began. The lack of essential resources, including water, food, medical supplies, and fuel, has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.
Amb. Tuggar stressed the importance of an immediate ceasefire and urged both parties to engage in diplomatic negotiations to resolve the ongoing conflict. The statement emphasized the necessity of exercising restraint and protecting the safety and well-being of civilians, emphasizing that indiscriminate attacks resulting in civilian casualties must be avoided at all costs.
Nigeria expressed its solidarity with those who have suffered losses in the conflict, including individuals who have lost their lives, families facing human and material losses, and those currently recovering from injuries. The government’s final plea is for a swift de-escalation of hostilities by both sides and a return to the negotiating table. They reiterate their support for a two-state solution as a permanent resolution to the cycle of violence that has plagued the region for generations.