Boko Haram: This UN Concern Is Worrisome
The United Nations is raising concerns over renewed terrorists' activities in the northeast of Nigeria and it is making a demand from the Nigerian government.
Just days after the video of military men pushing an armoured vehicle circulated, making a mockery of claims of equipment purchase for counter-terrorism operation in the northeast, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said more Nigerians have been chased out of their communities.
Some are running to Chad while others are running to Cameroon.
Mr Jose-Antonio Canhandula is the Country Representative of the UNHCR in Nigeria and he raised this concern on Friday in Abuja while briefing reporters.
The press conference was part of activities to commemorate the Regional Protection Dialogue 2.
Canhandula said that attacks from the insurgents have forced about 15,000 victims of insurgency to flee to neighbouring countries in the region.
'Around 300,000 Nigerians Displaced'
He requested that the Nigerian government should increase protection of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Lake Chad Region.
“What is happening in the Lake Chad area remains a protection concern not only for us but for the countries that have been hosting Nigerian refugees, that is Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
"In the last three weeks, there had been a heightened security problem in Baga-Kawa which had resulted in the flight of another 6,000 Nigerian refugees into Chad.
“There have also been security problems in Rann and that resulted to the flight of 9,000 Nigerians into Cameroon and this is a situation that only comes to reinforce the need for us to sit again.
“And see in this continuance situation of protection problems for the Nigerian population, be they internally displaced or refugees, are we doing a good job, can we do better?.
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“I should also like to highlight that we are currently with other organisations under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, OCHA.
“Preparing a 90-day response plan for around 300,000 Nigerian displaced people as a result of the current security situation.
“We still need to reinforce partnership with the humanitarian organisations, with the government, to really try and see whether we can respond a little bit better to the plight of the IDPs population,’’ Canhandula said.
According to him, the Regional Protection Dialogue 2 would bring stakeholders together to brainstorm on new ways to adequately handle the current humanitarian situation for better response.
The country’s representative said that during the dialogue, UNHCR alongside other partners would inaugurate the Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP).
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