ABUJA, 16 March 2021 – The United Nations has launched an appeal for one billion dollars ($1bn) to help millions of people who are victims of Boko Haram attacks and mass displacements.
More than 30,000 people have been killed in clashes over the past 11 years by Boko Haram militants.
Millions of people have been internally displaced or forced into exile in neighboring countries.
Funds from the appeal would allow United Nations agencies to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of the violence, most of whom live in Nigeria’s northern regions.
Nearly nine million Nigerians in all are believed to be in desperate need of humanitarian assistance in the regions where Boko Haram attacks have been the most virulent.
The appeal launched Monday in the capital, Abuja, is aimed at reaching as many as 6.5 million of the most vulnerable people living in three of the most badly-impacted states: Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
What was an already bad situation is believed to have been made worse by the ongoing new Coronavirus pandemic.
In December 2017, Nigerian state governments approved the release of $1 billion from the country’s excess oil account to the government to help Abuja fight the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.
At the time, Nigerian officials said the account held $2.3 billion foreign reserves from excess earnings from sales of crude oil, according to Nigeria’s Accountant General..