UN Security Council concludes visit to Lake Chad Basin region

Jobs, education and other long-term solutions are required in order to resolve the multiple crises affecting Nigeria, the head of a UN Security Council delegation said on Monday.

United Kingdom Ambassador Matthew Rycroft was speaking in the country’s capital, Abuja: the final stop on the Council’s visit to four countries in the Lake Chad Basin region affected by the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Dianne Penn reports.

Ambassador Rycroft, the Security Council president for March, described the situation in the Lake Chad Basin as one of the world’s largest and most neglected crises.

Boko Haram operations have destabilized much of the region, causing widespread displacement in northern Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, generating immense humanitarian need.

The UK Ambassador encouraged governments to redouble their efforts to combat the terrorists, stressing, however, that other actions will also have to be taken.

“Neither the military fight against terrorism nor the immediate humanitarian response will solve these protracted crises. What is needed in the end is long-term development: jobs, environmental issues addressed, education put in place for people, human rights in place for everyone, looking after the displaced, looking after the refugees, ensuring the circumstances are right for those people to come home. That is a multi-faceted complex of problems and it requires a holistic set of solutions. And we are here to support the Government of Nigeria in creating those conditions.”

Last month, the international community pledged over US$600 million to address the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin.

Source: United Nations Radio

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