- A report by the International Rescue Committee’s emergency response has ranked Nigeria among ten countries likely to face humanitarian crisis in 2019
- The organisation said Nigeria has experienced persistent attacks from armed groups as well as communal violence in 2018
- On its outlook, the committee said violence could intensify, triggering more displacements and exacerbating food insecurity in Nigeria
A report by the International Rescue Committee’s emergency response has ranked Nigeria among ten countries in the world likely to be deluged by humanitarian crisis in 2019.
In report available on its official website, the committee said 21 countries were on its watch list before bringing it down to 10 with Yemen topping the table.
Legit.ng notes that Nigeria was placed in the eighth position, with the committee adding that the Africa's most populous country has been subjected to series of attacks from Boko Haram and lingering inter-communal crisis.
Also in the list is Syria, placed on number seven, and Central Africa Republic given the sixth tag.
Justifying the need for the ranking, The committee said it wants to bring into the global consciousness likely catastrophes that may strike the world communities in 2019.
Bob Kitchen, the IRC’s vice president for emergencies said: “2018 was a devastating year for millions around the world, with more people displaced from their homes than ever before
"In many of the world’s most challenging places, armed conflict and man-made crisis mean life will get worse and not better in 2019."
On possible crisis in Nigeria, the organisation remarked: "During 2018, Nigeria has experienced persistent attacks from armed groups as well as communal violence exacerbated by competition for water and land resources.
"As a result, over 2 million Nigerians have been displaced internally and 230,000 have sought refuge in neighboring countries."
Giving its 2019 outlook analysis, the IRC added: "Violence could intensify, triggering more displacements and exacerbating food insecurity for millions of Nigerians.
"The presidential election in February 2019 may also have a destabilizing impact and could spark greater conflict, leading to further displacement."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that officials of the Nigeria Customs Service said it had been granted the presidential permit to distribute seized goods and items to orphanages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps across the country.
Joseph Attah, the customs spokesperson, stated this during a breakfast meeting in Lagos on Monday, December 17, 2018.
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