Nigerian Government Seeks UN’s Assistance Over Northeast Crisis

Nigeria’s National Security Adviser has asked the United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance as seven million Nigerians are suffering due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

Babagana Monguno, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, told the United Nations that seven million Nigerians are currently in need of humanitarian assistance in the country’s Northeast region as terror groups continue attacks.

Monguno disclosed this at the ongoing United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of member states in New York.

He asked the UN to come to the aid of Nigerians as the country faces life-threatening hunger.

In Northeast Nigeria, Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province’s (ISWAP) activities have continued to inflict terror and undermine the security and livelihood of people.

“They are at the same time overlapping into neighbouring countries of the Lake Chad Basin. It was disclosed that over a million persons had been internally displaced in the communities in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states, while more than seven million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance in Northeastern Nigeria,” Monguno said.

The NSA also stated that terror groups are using social media platforms for different propaganda ideologies, recruit youths, radicalise them, instil fear in communities, and kill the morale of defence and security forces.

He stated that the terrorists plan to portray a weak and incapable government. “Terrorism had continued to manifest as a vicious and relentless global threat, recognising no border, nationality, and all religions,” Monguno said.

“The fallout of activities associated with terrorists has collectively heightened insecurity in the greater part of Africa with serious economic, social and political implications for its people.” 

Edward Kallon, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, also said in a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, that constraints are pulling down humanitarian actors from assisting affected populations as many areas remain vulnerable and open to the insurgency.

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