Following attacks by the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the North East, the Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria, Martin Griffiths, has reportedly urged the world not to take attention away from the insurgency going on in that part of Nigeria, stating that the region needs not less than $1bn in aid this year.
He reportedly disclosed this in an interview with The Associated Press in Abuja.
According to him, “The terrorist group, Boko Haram, and its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province ISWAP, are still ‘very, very dangerous (and) very threatening’.”
He noted that victims of the decade-long insurgency in the North-East were in serious need of humanitarian support, urging the world not to forget the continuing devastation being caused by the terrorists that have killed several thousands of residents and displaced millions.
Griffiths added that “The world needs to remember this is a tragedy that needs to be sorted out.”
While urging more community development efforts, Griffiths opined that, “Nigeria’s fight against extremists can’t be won on the battlefield.”
The UN official however resoluted that, it would take more than a military approach to defeat terrorism in the region.