United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon laid a wreath in the capital of Nigeria, Abuja on Monday to commemorate the fourth anniversary of a deadly attack on the global body by Boko Haram.
The secretary-general hugged several relatives of the victims of the bombing during a ceremony at United Nations House and praised the “the extraordinary fortitude and determination” of the survivors.
“Our fallen colleagues and partners will be remembered this morning with a moment of silence in many places,” he said.
“But nowhere are the memories of these colleagues more immediate, more vivid and more compelling than here in Abuja. We will remember them forever as truly the best of humanity.”
At least 21 people were said to have died when a bomb-laden car exploded at UN House, the headquarters for around 400 employees, on August 26, 2011.
The death toll rose to 24 in the months that followed, according to the United Nations, with 12 non-UN staff among the victims.