The representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, yesterday gave startling estimates on the humanitarian crises in Nigeria, saying that around 11 million Nigerians are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The UN coxswain also revealed that the 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) ranked Nigeria third behind Afghanistan and Iraq as a country embroiled in global terrorism.
It was then that Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Mohammadu Buhari of allegedly collaborating with foreign armed Fulani bandits “to Islamize and fulanize the country and drive out the people to take control by force land “.
The governor also renewed his calls for a national security summit to be convened to discuss the growing security bottlenecks facing the country. Kallon discovered his spirit during a farewell visit to Governor Ortom at the government residence in Makurdi. Kallon will leave the country after a successful five-year term.
According to the UN diplomat, the activities of the pastoralists / farmers crisis in the center-north, Boko Haram in the northeast and northwest, the Avengers of the Niger Delta and the indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) have led to large-scale migration and mass stay among IDPs. People’s camps (IDPs) across the country.
He said Nigeria is at a crossroads with multiple challenges that have implications for peace, development and stability in West Africa, Africa and beyond, noting that cohesion, justice and the rule of law must be anchored in the interest of the country.
Kallon identified the participation of women and youth in politics and productive economic activities in order to reduce youth unemployment and underemployment which, at present, is a time bomb that must be addressed decisively. .
He said he was glad the world was well informed about the atrocities committed in Benue State and elsewhere in the country, stressing that the case will remain open to all and expressed hope that the atrocities will end. committed by terrorists is still in sight.
Ortom, while reiterating his call for a national security summit, said he was pleased that the State of the Nation report had been presented by a United Nations representative and requested that it be presented to the presidency for action.
He said the open anti-grazing law validly enacted by the State House of Assembly aims to achieve lasting peace between herders and farmers, adding that he also made similar presentations and wrote personally to the government, through press releases and conferences, expressing concern that no place in Nigeria is safe at this time.
“The breeding policy that I introduced was aimed at bringing lasting peace between farmers and shepherds, but because these foreign shepherds who have invaded the country are collaborating with the presidency to Islamize and peulise and hunt other people.
This is the order of the day and they cannot run away; they have been exposed and everyone is aware of their tips and game plan against other ethnicities.
“If measures were taken in 2016 to 2017 when I saw the Fulani insurgents invading the country, the President himself admitted that really, the Fulani terrorists who come to the country to terrorize the population are Fulani terrorists from Mali, Niger, Chad, Senegal, Libya and Mauritania and so on and they enter without visas or valid documents.
“I feel sad, I cry for my country. Whenever I speak, the presidency will say that I have not paid the salaries. If I haven’t paid salaries, isn’t it their responsibility to help me as they help other states and I try my way ”.
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