Nigeria: Peace Is The Only Solution To Humanitarian Crisis In Northeast – Kallon

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon has said peace was the only solution to the Humanitarian crisis ravaging Nigerias North East.

Speaking at an online event and launch of a $1 billion 2021 Humanitarian Response for the North East, Kallon said that over the years, while needs had continued to grow, funding had, however, been dwindling.

He added that in his over 30 years of service to the United Nations, he was yet to see a humanitarian crisis that was resolved through humanitarian response only.

He pointed out that even if the United Nation system had all the funds it sought to assist those affected; only peace can actually solve the challenges.

Kallon said that since his involvement with the intervention in the North East from 2017, he had noticed that funding had continued to dwindle, while humanitarian needs had been on the increase.

He said that from the over $700m raised in 2017, the UN was only able to get over $50m dollars in 2020, whereas food needs rose from 2.8m people in 2017, to 5.6m people in 2020.