The fact that Nigeria is among the top three in the global terrorism index after Afghanistan and Iraq came to the fore with the murder of five United Nations aid workers in Borno State recently and may have been part of the reason that many is calling for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking on the development,Mr Edward Kallon,the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria stated that he was shocked and horrified by the gruesome killings,disclosing that the aid workers were ”abducted while travelling on a main route connecting the northern town of Monguno with Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Their safety and securing their safe release have been our highest priority since they were captured last month”.
Reno Omokiri,an assistant to the former President Goodluck Jonathan said in his recent twitter broadcast that its the failure of the current president and his defence chiefs that has put Nigeria among the worst in the terrorism index-where war torn Syria is even ahead of Nigeria in fourth placeIn fact,he criticised the idea of returning so called de-radicalise former Boku-Haram members as repentant when experiences in the past show that some later return to their former colleagues in arms.
For Mr Kallon”I strongly condemn all violence targeting aid workers and the civilians they are assisting. I am also troubled by the number of illegal vehicular checkpoints set up by non-state armed groups along main supply routes. These checkpoints disrupt the delivery of life-saving assistance and heighten the risks for civilians of being abducted, killed or injured, with aid workers increasingly being singled out.
”This is tragically not the first killing of kidnapped aid workers. We have repeatedly called for such devastating fate and blatant violation of international humanitarian law to never happen again. And yet, it does. I implore all armed parties to step up to their responsibilities and stop targeting aid workers and civilians”He maintained that about 10.6 million people need urgent support as conflict-affected states battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even” as he noted the incident will not deter the international community from providing aid to millions of Nigerians who desperately need assistance in the north-east ”The humanitarian community stands in solidarity with the people of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states who have suffered long years of conflict and now need protection against a deadly virus”’,he said.
In a chat with our reporters over the phone,Head of Public Information OCHA Nigeria,Eve Sabbagh stated that hope is that the violence in the North-East and Nigeria would improved as we go forward,saying that the issue is that millions of suffering people are not yet being reached with aid.She stated that effort is om to ensure that former de-radicalised Buko Haram soldiers are truly repentant and that the suspicious communities are also worked on to accept the repentant terrorists.
Also in a chat with Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe,a medical Director and politician based in Abia State,he called on all Nigerians to join hands together to solve the terrorism spirit and violence slowly eroding all that is Nigerian,saying that government can not do it alone.He pointed out the need for Nigerians to eschew the spirit of division and embrace the spirit of oneness in defence of our nation.According to Opeyemi Olagunju,Communications/Reporting Officer,Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO),COVID-19 pandemic is not just a crisis, it is a crisis within a crisis.
The state was already undergoing a staggered recovery on account of to a decade-long insurgency that has resulted in food shortages, imperiled livelihoods and exacerbated poverty. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched its 2020 livestock restocking campaign.
The latest distribution is part of a comprehensive initiative funded by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) jointly implemented by FAO, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Food Programme (WFP). It is envisaged that the intervention will empower beneficiaries by enabling them to reestablish their productive asset base through the replenishment of lost livestock.Olagunju disclosed that”In 2019, under the ongoing EUTF initiative, FAO empowered 2 000 women with goat restocking kits, 500 women with small-scale poultry inputs and 600 youths with bulls.
The support has contributed to improving household nutrition, income generation and has also generated rural employment through the production of eggs, goat kids and sales of bulls. ”An FAO survey revealed that 82 percent of respondents selected from among the poultry beneficiaries generated an average of NGN 6 186 per month from the sale of eggs. Respondents selected from among beneficiaries of goat kits reported increases in their herds and had generated an average of NGN 15 378 from the sale of goat kids.
As their new assets continue to yield, beneficiaries will have a productive asset base that will allow them to gradually build resilience to future shocks.
”In 2020, thanks to support of the EUTF, FAO is empowering 2 500 women with goat kits, 1 500 women with poultry kits and 1 400 youths with bulls. The beneficiaries, selected from Bama, Dikwa, Gwoza, Jere, Kaga, Konduga and Mafa Local Government Areas in the state, are also being trained on rural livestock management”he said.