UN Secretary-General Pledges To Support Nigeria In Fight Against Extremist Group Boko Haram

They need to be stopped.

Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group, has caused an undeniable amount of violence in Nigeria. 

The group — notorious for kidnapping more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April 2014, and subjecting many of them rape, forced pregnancies and marriages, and slavery — recently made more headlines for gunning down 97 Muslims praying in a mosque. 

The Nigerian government and vigilante forces alike have been fighting against the vicious group, but Monday, the United Nations announced its support to help Nigeria in the fight, as stated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Per Reuters, the UN also plans to strengthen democracy in the African country. 

'I hope that this example will be emulated by many countries around the world ... I want to commend the people of Nigeria on the peaceful, free and fair elections,' Ban said in Abuja after meeting Buhari, according to Reuters.

The announcement comes after Ban remembered the 2011 Boko Haram bombings on the UN headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. 

According to AFP, Boko Haram has claimed more than 15,000 people in a six-year span — a startling issue that the UN will now address head-on. 

"The humanitarian situation in the northeast is particularly worrying. We are working with partners on the ground to scale up humanitarian operations," Ban told Reuters.

Cover Image via European Commission DG ECHO/Flickr.