FOLLOWING SERIES of attacks on its officials in Nigeria, the United Nations, UN, has decided to come down hard on Nigeria by cutting the country off all humanitarian operations including material and moral support. This was sequel to the attack on the convoy of its humanitarian team by Boko Haram, which the federal government repeatedly claimed had been decimated, in Bama on Thursday. The convoy, comprising staff from UNICEF, UNFPA and IOM, was travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria while returning from delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance in the malnutrition- ravaged region. But on Friday the UN issued a statement that reads, “Today unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA and IOM. The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, returning from delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance. “UNICEF can confirm that a UNICEF employee and an IOM contractor were injured in the attack and are being treated at a local hospital. All other UNICEF, IOM and UNFPA staff are safe. “The convoy was in a remote area of northeastern Nigeria, where protracted conflict has caused extreme suffering and has triggered a severe malnutrition crisis. “This was not only an attack on humanitarian workers. It is an attack on the people who most need the assistance and aid that these workers were bringing. “The United Nations has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation.”
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that the latest was one in the series of attacks that the organisation had suffered since the advent of the Boko Haram scourge. The UN building in Abuja was attacked leading to the injury of some of its staff. The Nigerian government under took to rebuild the building even as the UN insisted it was high time Nigeria took the insurgents
seriously and even volunteered to assist galvanised nations for Nigeria to rally against the faith- based group. UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the mostvulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.


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