Northeast humanitarian crisis: Osinbajo, NSA, minister averted international backlash, says presidency

Northeast humanitarian crisis: Osinbajo, NSA, minister averted international backlash, says presidency

- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo along with top government officials saved Nigeria from an international backlash

- Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina made the disclosure in a statement

- The UN had expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in the northeast

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The Nigerian presidency has revealed how the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbaj,o along with top government officials were able to avert an international backlash.

The officials include Sadiya Umar Farouk, the humanitarian affairs minister; the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno; and members of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee. gathered that the vice president under instruction from President Muhammadu Buhari coordinated efforts to resolve a nagging problem faced by international agencies and NGOs in reaching remote areas in the troubled northeast with vital food supplies.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity.

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Northeast humanitarian crisis: Osinbajo, NSA, minister averted international backlash, says presidency
Osinbajo, along with the NSA, minister averted an international backlash. Photo credit: ProfOsinbajo
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The presidential spokesman explained that the United Nations (UN) had earlier expressed concern that the humanitarian needs in Nigeria had gone up as a result of terrorists and violent extremist groups in the northeast.

But some international NGOs and local ones at the same time were experiencing worry that the relief materials could not be safely delivered to Borno state.

According to government sources, the situation developed into a misunderstanding between the INGOs and the military who were questioning the activities of some of the organisations on national security benchmarks.

President Buhari, however, directed Osinbajo who then brought everyone to the table and saved what could have led to a major international backlash against Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the United Nations in reaction to the intervention commended the federal government's efforts to improve humanitarian support in the region.

The secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, speaking at a briefing to the UN Security Council said the constructive engagements have improved access to people in need.

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Earlier, reported that the UN called for the protection of students and teachers from continuous terrorist attacks amid ongoing efforts by the government to reopen schools during the Covid-19 crisis.

Edward Kallon, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator, made this call on Tuesday, September 8, in a statement marking the International Day to Protect Education from Attack 2020.

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