Development of North East is antidote to insurgency, says UN

Maiduguri, March 6, 2017(TNE)The holistic development of North East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, is the antidote to insurgency in the region, the UN Security Council has noted.

Amb. Matthew Rycroft, leader of the UN Security Council delegation to that region, made the observation on Sunday at the start of a two-day visit to the region

He told newsmen: “We are convinced that the long-term solution is not military, it is not even humanitarian; it is development.

” It has to do with thinking about long-term investments, in job creation, in education, among others,”

” It is thinking about the protection of civilians, thinking about protection of human rights of women and girls’ rights in particular.

”All of us have to come together as we stand with the Governor of Borno and the government of Nigeria in tackling all of these problems in the Lake Chad Basin.”

Rycroft, also the UK Permanent Representative to the UN and the Security Council’s President for the month of March, said that the visit was aimed at getting first-hand information on the crisis.

“We came here because we are very worried about the crisis which is affecting the North East Nigeria, the crisis of terrorism caused by Boko Haram.

“We are also here because of the humanitarian crisis which is being exacerbated by the terrorists,” he said.

Rycroft said that the team had been able get sufficient information from some victims of the crisis.

“We have had meetings with displaced persons in one of the camps and interacting with women and men who had been victims of Boko Haram.

“They are now victims of humanitarian crisis, the number is shocking in terms of displaced persons, half a million children are malnourished,” he said.

“We are determined that the international community, the donor nations and the UN coordinating units step up response before it is too late,” he said.

The 14 delegates also visited the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole. (TNE)

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