–Boko Haram worse than ISIS, Al Shabab —-Shettima
BY AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
The United Nations and Netherlands have expressed worries over the humanitarian challenges in the Borno and northeast states ravaged by Boko Haram is insurgency.
The United Nations Under-secretary on humanitarian affairs, Stephen O’Brien and Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. John Groffen who spoke during a courtesy call on Governor Shettima at the Government House Maiduguri yesterday both said the Boko Haram insurgency has led to hunger, poverty and pushed many school-age children out of school.
O’Brien said the brutal war in the area has led to hunger and some humanitarian challenges. He said he was in Borno in continuation of his visit to Lake Chad area to “assess the humanitarian situation” so as to do risk assessment of the challenge. “We
are dealing with compound effect of what Boko Haram has done,” he said. He said the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region especially the impact of Boko Haram on the economy of the people and education of the children would be one of the focal points of discussion at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.
He warned that there should be peace in the region including Syria and other nations currently engulfed in crises. He said about 165 states to be represented.
“The huge climate and climate change also have effect on the people and ability to survive. I know we can draw the attention of the world to what is happening here. I think we should be able to scale the effect of the crisis on the people,” he said.
Amb John Groffen also said he was happy to be in Borno, the first visit since his assumption of duty in Nigeria. He said he was in the state to get the story he can tell the world “about the dire situation in Borno.”
Responnding the Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima described Kashim Shettima as worse than other international terror groups. “Boko Haram is worse than other terror groups in the world. It is worse than ISIS, Al Shabab or any groups.”
He said though Nigeria may have won insurgency but there is need to address the underlying causes of crisis which he said include endemic poverty, educational backwardness and social challenge.
“There is need to work out modalities to engage thousands of orphans and displaced youths hence we may be having more Boko Haram in future,” he warned.