The report attributed to UN’s assistant Secretary-General Toby Lanzer said currently, about a quarter of a million children in the north-eastern part of Nigeria are severely malnourished.
While this is so, millions of other children are supposedly starving in refugee camps ‘that are too dangerous for aid agencies to reach.’
“Nigeria is already economically struggling – it is in a recession for the first time in more than a decade, inflation is at an 11-year high and oil, which makes up 70 percent of the government’s revenue, is still suffering from a slump.
“For the country’s north eastern region, however, things are made worse by Islamic militants Boko Haram, who have disrupted trade and farming in the region and are also hostile to western medicine,” the report said.
According to Mr Lanzer, “we will see, I think, a famine unlike any we have ever seen anywhere” if nothing urgent was done.
There are around a million people in Maiduguri’s camps – most of them fleeing the reach of the terrorist group – and many of them are also struggling with hunger.
There had been several reports that food and other materials meant for the displaced persons in camps are stolen by government officials deployed to care for them.
The government is currently investigating this claim.
Meanwhile, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has revealed that it was funding six agricultural commodities value chains with emphasis on rice production.