- The condition of IDPs in Nigeria is pathetic, President Buhari has said
The president said the damage to infrastructure, particularly in the northeast, has been horrendous
- On her part, the president of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly promised to call the attention of the international community to the issues raised by the Nigerian leader
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 7, called for the assistance of United Nations and the international community in reversing the devastation visited on Nigeria by insurgents.
According to Femi Adesina, Buhari disclosed this during the visit of the president of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces.
"The condition of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country is pathetic. We have at least a million children who neither know their parents, nor where they come from," the president told Garces during an audience at State House, Abuja.
He added that damage to infrastructure, particularly in the northeast, has been horrendous.
On the recharge of Lake Chad through inter-basin water transfer from Congo River, President Buhari said climate change was quite real to the region, noting that no fewer than 30 million people are negatively affected by the shrinking lake, with at least half of them being Nigerians.
He stressed the role the international community needed to play in the endeavour, since recharging the lake was beyond the financial power of the affected countries.
The UNGA president commended Nigeria for being a key part of the United Nations system, saying the country was well respected in the global body.
"Nigeria is a major troops’ contributor to peace keeping operations, and a major part of the human rights architecture," Garces said.
She commended President Buhari's leadership of ECOWAS, and of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, pledging to call the attention of the international community to the "hurting effects" of the Lake Chad problem, and other issues raised by the Nigerian leader.
The UNGA president also lauded Nigeria for rehabilitating the UN building in Abuja.
Legit.ng had reported that Espinosa arrived Abuja on Monday, May 6, on a working visit to Nigeria, stating that addressing the challenges in Africa was a priority of the UN.
Espinosa said that Africa was at the forefront of global development and her visit to the region for the second time as 73rd president of the UNGA indicates the interest of the UN in Africa.
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