Nigeria shuns meeting for IDPs, angers US, EU

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Stephen O’Brien, UN aid chief
The absence of Nigeria’s United Nations Mission at a meeting to discuss and proffer solution to the problems of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have angered the United States and European Union.
The United Nations, Chad, Niger and Cameroon appealed on Friday for help for millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin region forced to flee the violence of Boko Haram and hit with repeated droughts and floods that have brought malnutrition and disease.
But while the radical Islamist militants operate out of Nigeria where most people have been displaced by their attacks, Nigeria did not send anyone to the United Nations event.
United Nations aid chief Stephen O’Brien said this on Friday.
US and European Union diplomats said they were disappointed that Nigeria did not attend the event chaired by O’Brien on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The Nigerian UN mission was not immediately available to comment on its absence.
A regional offensive by Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon earlier this year drove Boko Haram from much of the territory it held in northern Nigeria. But the militants have since struck back with a renewed wave of deadly raids and suicide bombings.
FILE PHOTO: NEMA official addressing Internally Displaced Persons
“These (displaced) families are being used as ammunition because it is the children that are used as bombers in markets and in train stations,” said Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat. “Trade is virtually wiped out in this area.”
Several UN diplomats at the event warned that the aid emergency in Lake Chad Basin risked being forgotten amid other humanitarian crises in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.
Niger Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said the region was in the midst of a “genuine disaster.”
“We need massive assistance from the international community,” he said. “It is the population that has shared with these refugees and …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper