By: Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Matthias Schmale, has renewed the commitment of humanitarian community to supporting Borno and others hit by humanitarian crisis.
Schmale made this known in Maiduguri on Thursday to mark 2022 World Humanitarian Day, graced by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He lauded the effort of all humanitarians on the frontline, mostly young Nigerians, Noting, that Aid Worker Security Database showed that 35 aid workers were killed in north east since 2016, with 22 wounded and 28 kidnapped, adding that safety is ever-present in their mind as they advocate for a safe and secure operational movement.
Schmale said that over 2.2 million people were presently displaced generating an alarming large scale humanitarian crisis.
Adding that, Malnutrition is increasingly threatening the survival of more than a million highly vulnerable children, and they cannot let this happen.
He added that Women and girls, who are disproportionately impacted by this crisis, form about 80 per cent of people in need of humanitarian assistance.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq also spoke at the occasion.
They lauded the sustain support from UN agencies and other partners in addressing humanitarian crisis in Borno and other areas in the country.