While Nigerians wonder why she has been quiet lately, Aisha Buhari, wife of the President of Nigeria, has been up to some good work for humanity.

She has partnered with her counterparts in Cameroon, Chad and Niger to unveil a humanitarian support initiative for women and children affected by the Boko Haram crisis.

Mrs Buhari, at the event organised in conjunction with the UN Population Fund at the margin of the UN General Assembly, said the situation in Lake Chad Basin is peculiar among the countries in the region.

The wife of the President of Nigeria, represented by Mrs Toyin Saraki, wife of Nigerian Senate President, regretted that women and children bore the brunt of the protracted crisis.

“These are the people that have lost not just their livelihood but even their life investments and culture.

“This is the picture that drew the attention of the first ladies of the four countries sharing the basin.

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“As mothers, we were quick to observe that women and children affected by the insurgency are the most vulnerable cohort of the population.

“And we must make our contribution to ensure that they are supported through these hard times.

“My sisters in this effort and I have come to the painful realisation that the cost of inaction is too high to imagined.

“And therefore we agreed to support in the area of protection, early recovery and rebuilding of livelihoods, education, nutrition, health, water and sanitation,” she said.

Buhari said the initiative was without prejudice to the ongoing support provided by governments and other actors whose programmes would reach millions in the region.

According to her, the initiative was nurtured with technical and financial support from UN agencies resident in these countries, especially the UN Population Fund.


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