Global community assembles in Norway to raise $1.5 billion for IDPs in North-East

Internally Displaced Persons at Dikwa Camp, in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria. PHOTO: AFP

Rights group, CSO back military against AI, urges more funding for army
The international community has gathered in Oslo, Norway, to pledge support and raise at least $1.5 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to over seven million people said to be in urgent need of food in northeastern Nigeria and Lake Chad region.

A joint statement issued yesterday by foreign ministers of Germany, Norway, Nigeria and the Emergency Relief Co-ordinator of the UN, revealed that the entire world is being urged to take urgent steps to save the lives of people currently threatened by drought and famine in the region.

Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trial the 2016 yearly report released on Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI), in which it accused the Nigerian military of extra-judicial killings and inhuman treatment to vulnerable people in Nigeria’s South-East and North-East.

Following the report, Human Rights Lawyer and President of the Global Amnesty Watch (GAW), Andrew Agbese, yesterday in Abuja said the reports openly lie against security agencies in Nigeria. He added that some of the reports had accounted for the failure of some operations against insecurity and described the reports as “a solid pack of lies.”

In a related development, civil society organisations (CSOs) yesterday met at the army resource centre in Abuja to appraise the successes of military operations, particularly Operation Lafiya Dole in North-East of the country.

At their one-day roundtable, the civil society groups asked the Federal Government to immediately commence socio-psychological rebuilding of territories affected by insurgency in the North-East.

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