Nigeria: Governor Zulum Urges UN Humanitarian Coordinator To Address Root Causes of Insurgency

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Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has urged the United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, and other stakeholders to shift their goals by tackling the root causes of insurgency in the region.

He made the appeal when the UN delegation led by Mr. Kallon visited him in Maiduguri on 17. September, 2020.

He expressed appreciation to all humanitarian and development partners rendering different kinds of support to the Internally Displaced Persons, and as well commended the efforts of the Nigerian Army in supporting governments commitment to the welfare of the IDPs.

He also expressed appreciation to the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and other members of the UN country team for the very important visit.

Zulum cited causes that include: endemic hunger, low literacy, lack of job opportunities particularly in communities which relied on the shrinking Lake Chad, poor control of land borders, amongst others.

He said that continuous dependent on handout by the IDPs is not a solution to ending this humanitarian crises. While food supply is dwindling, the population is increasing in quick geometrical ratio.

Earlier in his remark, the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Kallon, highlighted the activities of the humanitarian partners in the State.

He attributed the lingering crisis in the northeast to a development deficit such as; weak institutions and lack of governance at the three tiers of governments: Federal, State, and Local Government; impact of climate change, and increased competition over land, and water resources.

The UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator also stressed the need to adopt political solution in addressing the crisis in the region.
Kallon however warned that, northeast has reached alarming level of food insecurity and hunger as a result of the 11-year insurgency. He put forward four recommendations for the Governors consideration.

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