THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The United States (US) has condemned the failure of the Nigerian government to overcome the Boko Haram menace and the damages it left behind in North-East Nigeria.
The reaction of the US government was revealed in a 2016 report on terrorism published on July 19, according to news report.
The report on terrorism which was submitted to the US Congress stated that:
‘Despite gains made by the MNJTF, much of its reported progress was merely duplication of failed efforts carried over from the end of the last dry/fighting season.
‘The Nigerian military was unable to hold and rebuild civilian structures and institutions in those areas it had cleared.
‘Most of the remaining students abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok remained in captivity, although one girl was found in Borno, and the government of Nigeria successfully negotiated the release of 21 of the kidnapping victims.’
The Nigerian government was also accused of refusing to get help from regional organisations, in the report.
According to the report:
‘The Nigerian government has not invested significant resources or time enlisting regional organisations, such as the Economic Community of West African States and Economic Community of Central African States, to assist with the Boko Haram problem.
‘Instead, the government of Nigeria preferred to engage Boko Haram militants in direct, unilateral military action and through the MNJTF, which is headed by a Nigerian military officer.’
However, the United Nations (UN) has newly allocated $10.5 million to tackle the crisis in North-East Nigeria caused by menace of Boko Haram terrorists. The fund was allocated through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) which was setup by the UN earlier in February, 2017.
The fund is expected to be used in providing life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable, including those in the hard-to-reach and newly accessible areas. It is to fund about 15 different projects, including the provision of safe drinking water, emergency shelter and health services.
UN estimates that there are 8.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the three worst-affected Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe alone. It says, of them, 6.5 million people are targeted for humanitarian assistance.
So far, the UN has allocated over $30 million to tackle the crisis in North-East Nigeria through the NHF.