ban ki-moon in pakistan floods 16-08-10.jpgUnited Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has condemned the “deplorable acts of violence” that left 38 people dead in Nigeria over Christmas.

Mr. Ki-moon conveyed condolences to the families of the victims and backed the government’s vow to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The victims died in bomb blasts and an attack on churches in Central Nigeria.

The area is a flashpoint between the Muslims North and largely Christians South.

He said he is appalled by the acts of violence, especially as they happened at “a time when millions of Nigerians are celebrating religious holidays”.

He also said he supports efforts by the Nigerian authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan  assured Nigerians that government will go to the root of this, adding that they must unearth what caused it and those behind it must be brought to book.

Nigerian State Information Commissioner, Gregory Yenlong said that enemies of the state were at work in the violence.