On a trip of West Africa, U.N Secretary General António Guterres will stop in north-east Nigeria to meet with families affected by the insurgency.
He is traveling from Niger, another nation that has been targeted by al-Qaeda-linked militants on a regular basis.
Under the aegis of the African Union, Guterres is advocating for robust African peace initiatives as well as counter-terrorism operations.
He would also meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the impact of rising food and energy prices in Africa, which are being worsened by the situation in Ukraine.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations is making his first visit to Nigeria. Nigeria’s war with Insurgents; Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province, ISWAP, has spawned one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with millions of people dependent on aid. The conflict shows little sign of ending.
In 2019, the conflict in northeastern Nigeria entered its eleventh year. Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency and the government’s military response have killed tens of thousands of civilians and displaced millions across the Lake Chad region, which straddles Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.
Although, major military campaigns in 2015–2016 succeeded in degrading the group’s territorial control, Boko Haram has proven remarkably adaptable in its tactics: the end of 2018 once again saw an uptick in attacks in Nigeria’s Borno State.
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