The United Nations (UN) has urged the Federal Government to look into the Reuters story of alleged abortions on pregnant women connected to the Boko Haram insurgents by Nigerian soldiers notwithstanding the denial by the Nigerian security agencies.
Recall that Reuters claimed that the Nigerian Army has been operating a covert, illegal abortion operation in the northeast since at least 2013 in a publication on December 7, 2022.
The report alleged that no fewer than 10,000 pregnancies among women and girls were aborted, many of whom had been kidnapped and raped by Islamist militants.
According to the reports, the military denied the report, saying it was false. The military egghead also claimed that the report was an attempt to paint the military and the country in a bad light, stressing soldiers had always upheld the best global ethical standards in their operations.
However, Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the UN, requested that the federal government look into the allegation of coerced abortion programme executed by the army.
According to U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, the united nations is interested in the subject.
Dujarric stated that the UN would like Nigeria to look into and determine the immediate and distant causes of the alleged programme, if genuine, and report back to it.
The Spokesperson said, “The Secretary-General takes note with concern of the allegations of systemic and coerced abortions reportedly perpetrated by the Nigerian Army against women and girls who had already been victimized by Boko Haram.”
“We call on the Nigerian authorities to fully investigate these allegations and make sure there’s accountability.”