No less than 1.2 million civilians are currently trapped and completely cut off from access to humanitarian aid and services as dreaded Boko Haram terrorists seize two local governments in Borno state.
Reports by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon revealed that aid workers have now become the insurgents major targets in the past 18 months.
According to Kallon at a Thursday International Civil-security summit in Maiduguri, the humanitarian crisis situation in the Northeast does not “give room for fiction.”
He stressed urgent need for increased civil-military relationship in the ongoing war against insurgency which he said had claimed over 35,000 lives across Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.
“This crisis deserves our sustained attention and renewed commitment,” he said.
He said stakeholders in the Northeast must build trust amongst themselves “in order to improve Civil-Security Cooperation.”
He noted that as Boko Haram insurgency clocks its 10th year, not less than seven million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance.
“Over the past ten years, over 35,000 people have lost their lives in this crisis. About 14,000 were civilians, but many others were members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” he said.
Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has meanwhile blamed the continuing Boko Haram crisis on “poor management” of strategy by the military and other international humanitarian agencies working in Northeast Nigeria.
She said, “it is apparent that where civil-security relations are poorly managed, humanitarian action may inadvertently compound other security problems.”