UN Security Council To Visit Nigeria Over Boko Haram Crisis

UN Security Council To Visit Nigeria Over Boko Haram Crisis

The UN Security Council has revealed that is planning a visit to Nigeria to assess the level of humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency as well as device ways of defeating the terrorist group once and for all.

This plan was disclosed by Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, who said that the proposed visit could take place in March this year.

He said that the UN would continue to support Nigeria and work with the country as it battles to overcome its present security challenges.

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“I believe, in the coming days, the Security Council itself does intend to visit Nigeria and see for itself the humanitarian situation and evaluate it first-hand,” Haq told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in New York,United States of America.

“The Security Council will be going to Nigeria to assess the humanitarian situation caused by Boko Haram. The visit will be coming up in March,” he said.

The UN spokesman also promised that the world body and its partners would continue to deliver aid and provide other humanitarian assistance to victims of the insurgency in the northeast.

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He added however that reports of attacks by Boko Haram fighters on some villages in the North East region makes delivery of humanitarian assistance more difficult.

“We (UN and partners) do continue to try to provide humanitarian aid,including in Nigeria, (but) certainly, any violence on the ground makes it more difficult to deliver humanitarian aid.”

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The 15-member UN Security Council, aside visiting Nigeria and meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, would also visit other African countries that have been affected by Boko Haram including Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

The UN Security Council had in May 2014 listed Boko Haram as a terrorist group with Chairman of the committee, Gary Quinlan, saying that there was“very clear evidence” that members of Boko Haram had trained with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.