Nigeria may receive more support in its quest to curb the lingering terrorism and violent extremism ravaging parts of the country as the United Nations (UN) has assured of massive assistance in the country’s war against the menace.
Indications to this development emerged at the weekend when Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other International Organizations, Ambassador Abiodun Richards Adejola, presented his Letter of Credence to the Director- General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Ms. Tatiana Valovaya.
A statement issued by the Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign, said Ambassador Adejola, who was accompanied by some staff of Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in Geneva, Switzerland, assured of a robust working relations with the global body in line with Nigeria’s national interest, global peace and security.
On her part, the Director General Tatiana Valovaya assured that the UN “will continue to engage and actively collaborate with Nigeria to address the challenges of terrorism and violent extremism.”
She commended Nigeria’s involvement in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pledged further support by the UN to address a number of humanitarian challenges in Nigeria, especially the ongoing assistance for the North East by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Nigeria has battled the Boko Haram insurgency that has killed over 30,000 people and displaced nearly three million others. The situation has been compounded by the invasion of the Nigerian territory by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) backed by ISIS.
This group of terrorists (ISWAP) said to be deadlier than Boko Haram has allegedly taken over large swaths of territory in the north east of Nigeria especially the Sambisa Forest, after killing the once elusive Boko Haram dreaded leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Nigeria also has the misfortune of battling with the scourge of bandits and herdsmen militia, who are killing innocent people and kidnapping mostly school children for ransom amid alleged helplessness of the Nigerian government.
Nigeria has invested huge sums of money to curb insecurity and has also collaborated with countries both at bilateral and multilateral level, but the challenges have remained unabated.