Boko Haram: 27,000 civilians killed in 10 years —UN
An estimated 27,000 Nigerians died between 2009 and 2019 in the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, the United Nations has said.
The United Nations Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, disclosed this on Wednesday during the commemoration of the tenth ‘anniversary’ of Boko Haram crisis.
The event, tagged ”’Holding On’ An Immersive Experience of Internal Displacement: 10 Years of Crises in North-east Nigeria’” was held at the United Nations House in Abuja.
In attendance were the Yobe State Governor, Mai Buni; the Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja; Edem Wosornu, Head of the UN Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs and the Executive Coordinator NINGONET, Josephine Habba.
”The Boko Haram crisis in North-east over ten years between 2009 and 2019 has claimed 27,000 civilians due to this decade-long conflict in Nigeria’s North-east,” Mr Kallon said.
He also said the UN is unhappy that humanitarian workers have been killed and kidnapped. He said for the workers that had died in the line of duty, “their memories lies in the hearts and minds to all.”
”We are grieved for the loss of fellow aid workers in the North-east, in Kaduna State, in other states, and in the very place where we are gathered today. Their memories live on vividly in our hearts and minds and their dedication in service of humanity should continue to be an inspiration to us all.”