Development is only long term solution to Boko Haram — UN Security Council

IDP Camp

The UN Security Council says that the only solution to the Boko Haram terrorism in the Northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin is the economic development of the region.

Matthew Rycroft, the leader of a UN Security Council delegation, said this while speaking with journalists shortly after a visit to Maiduguri.

“We are convinced that the long term solutions is not military, it is not even humanitarian, it is development.

“It has to do with thinking about long term investments, in job creation, in education among others,” Mr. Rycroft, who is also the UK Permanent Representative to the UN and the Security Council’s President for the month of March, said.

He added: “It is thinking about the protection of civilians, thinking about protection of human rights, of women and girls rights in particular.

“All of us have to come together and we stand with the governor of Borno, the government of Nigeria in tackling all of these problems in the Lake Chad Basin region”.

Mr. Rycroft explained that the visit was aimed at getting firsthand information on the crisis.

“We came here because we are very worried about the crisis which is affecting the North East Nigeria which is the crisis of terrorism caused by Boko Haram.

“We are also here because of the humanitarian crisis which is being exacerbated by the terrorists,” he said.

Mr. Rycroft said that the team had been able get sufficient information from some victims of the crisis.

“We have had meetings with displaced persons in one of the IDP camps interacting with women and men who had been victims of Boko Haram.

“They are now victims of humanitarian crisis, the number is shocking in terms of Displaced Persons, half a million children are malnourished,” he said.

Mr. Rycroft said that the UN Security Council was determined to step up assistance to the victims.

“We are determined that the international Community, the donor nations and the UN coordinating units step up response before it is too late,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 14-man UN Security Council delegation visited the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian army’s operation in the north-east, as part of the visit.



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  • JasV

    Lack of ideas. Is there any part of Nigeria or Africa that does not need
    this so called long term solution? Should every one now become wicked and demonic? Please sit quietly in your office and earn your
    salary if you are bereft of ideas.

  • Mac

    The only solution is break up of Nigeria. Let every region go its way and develop at its own pace. The North is a great inhibition and retardation to the rest of Nigeria. There is nothing they contribute except violence, terrorism here and there, sharia here and there, corruption here and there, cutting of hands and limbs (only if you are poor ) and so on. Biafra will overtake many European countries in less than 5 yrs should it become a separate state. The UN should be reasonable at least for once. Self determination is the way to go. If Estonia can blossom why not Biafra?

  • Decimator

    That highly clamored development is summarily impossible under the Tyrannical non- existing one Nigeria Unity state that has persistently become
    the greatest threat to lives and welfare of its Citizens over the past 56 years of its experiment.

    Break up the Mammoth now to pave the way for “Nations” building and development.

    There is no other way of achieving that desired development please.