The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has called for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted students of the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State.
In a statement by his spokesman on Nigeria, Stephane Dujarric, on Wednesday, Guterres condemned the attack that led to the abduction of the girls by suspected Boko Haram terrorists from their school on Monday last week.
The UN boss, who is gravely concerned over the situation, asked the Nigerian government to ensure the safe return of the girls to their families.
He also urged the national authorities to swiftly bring those responsible for the act to justice.
The Secretary-General further reassured the Federal Government of the solidarity and support of the United Nations and other affected countries in the region in their fight against terrorism and violent extremism.