The United Kingdom government has reiterated its support for Nigeria and neighbouring countries to defeat the destructive Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast and the Lake Chad Basin region.

The country’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, made the pledge in his statement on Wednesday at the Security Council briefing on the Lake Chad Basin.

Rycroft said it was clear that the Security Council members needed to redouble their efforts to implement the commitments that they made in resolution 2349 against Boko Haram.

“The UK will play our part. We remain committed to partnering with Nigeria and its neighbours to degrade and defeat Boko Haram.

“We remain committed to helping people in need in the region, having scaled up our humanitarian support to $130 million this year.

“We also announced an additional $260 million over four years, as part of the North East Nigeria Transition to Development programme.

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“But we all need to play our part in the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund launched in February, with an appeal for $1 billion this year.

“As of last month, that appeal is less than half funded. As the Secretary-General’s report makes clear, insufficient funding from the donor community continues to limit the provision of food aid, development and recovery activities.

“And just as the international community must act, so too should governments in the region.

“We look to the Government of Nigeria and affected countries to provide greater resources where they can and to further prioritise the humanitarian response.

“We also call on them to expedite all remaining registrations for humanitarian organisations in the region, as the Secretary-General’s report notes.

“We welcome the increased civil-military coordination in the humanitarian effort and urge this to continue,” he said.

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