Unless food is provided urgently, 10.7 million may starve to death in Nigeria.

The United Nation’s humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien said on Friday that $4.4 billion must be made available by July, 2017.

The sum will ensure that people in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen do not die of hunger.

In northeastern Nigeria alone, O’Brien said 7.1 million people may starve to death.

“Otherwise, many people will predictably die from hunger, livelihoods will be lost and political gains that have been hard-won over the last few years will be reversed,” O’Brien said in his stark warning to the UN Security Council.

“Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.

Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost”, he said.