Islamic State mentioned Nigeria in a statement it issued, claiming responsibility for coordinated attacks in different parts of Paris by eight insurgents which resulted in the death of 129 people, and left over 352 injured.
The online statement revealed that eight militants wearing explosive belts and armed with machine guns attacked precisely selected areas in the French capital.
The statement posted on ISIS blog read “O people crusaders: when you deploy forces in order to control the city Saladin and dreaming of Mosul, Sinjar, Haul, Tikrit or Huwaijah or dreaming Mayadin or Jarablus or Karmah or Tel Abyad or Al Qaim or Darnah or dream to reclaim the wilderness in the interior Nigeria or master ‘Asy’asy Sinai desert sand, then surel, WE just want ROME and PARIS Insyallah before before ANDALUSIA (UKK).”
French President Francois Hollande has described the attacks as an act of war that will be retaliated with ruthlessness.
President Muhammadu Buhari has also sympathised with the government and people of France over Friday’s attacks.
In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, he said “As a country which has borne the terrible human cost of terrorist attacks, Nigeria stands in full solidarity with the government and people of France as they mourn those who have sadly lost their lives in the attack on Paris.”