NIGERIA : The United Nations has said Boko Haram insurgents have in the last 10 years killed 27,000 civilians and 24 humanitarian workers in the North East of Nigeria.
The UN Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, who spoke on Wednesday at a photo exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the crisis in Abuja, named Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states as the worst hit by the prevalent insurgency.
Kallon claimed that over 7.1 million Nigerians were in need of aid and about 130,000 people had been displaced from their homes.
According to him, the only solution is collaboration to bridge the humanitarian, development, peace and security nexus.
He called on the government to compliment military intervention in the region with dialogue for an end to the hostilities.
Head of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria Edem Wosornu lamented the needless loss of lives, adding that the agency remained supportive of the Nigerian Government.
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni noted that the disaster had worsened the food security situation in his state, adding that his administration was working towards ameliorating poverty, joblessness and ignorance that gave rise to the insurgency in the first place.
Also, participants at an FCT forum yesterday declared that unbridled corruption and impunity were fuelling insecurity in the country.
The forum which comprised citizens, civil society leaders and other stakeholders, expressed worry about the escalating kidnappings, killings and other vices nationwide.
It stated: “Only ambitious and robust anti-corruption fight can end insecurity in the country.”
They spoke at a town hall meeting organised by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in collaboration with UKAID.
Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George (SAN) said the most visible impact of corruption in the Nigerian society today manifests in the security challenges facing the country.
The representative of the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Hassan Hafiz Mohammed, said the official oath of secrecy should not be a pretext.
According to the representative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Samin Amaddin, every citizen has a role to play in taming corruption.
The representative of the National Judicial Council (NJC) Mrs. Hassan Ahmed urged implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act by states to check graft.
SERAP’s deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare harped on good governance.
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