Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and the Regional Coordinator UN Humanitarian Service Sahel region, Mr. Toby Lanzer has described the humanitarian problem in the North East of the country, as worse and terrible ever witnessed in the history of human race.
Lanzer who disclosed this to newsmen in Maiduguri, shortly after returning from Bama to assess the level of destruction in the area said; “the humanitarian consequences here is very high due to abject poverty , employment and illiteracy ravaging those part aof the world that need the attention and concerted effort by the global community”
“ I believe the abject poverty, violence extremism, climate change and unemployment that resulted into the untold sufferings. As we were traveling we pass through Konduga and Bama we have seen the level of destruction by Boko Haram, which I believed international communities have to intervene to bring scour to the people of Borno and the North-east in general,” Mr. Lanzer stated.
He said “I was really touched, houses, markets, places of worships and public buildings were destroyed, in addition to the quantum of lives lost just because some group believe that they don’t share the same ideology with them, we in United Nations stand with Nigerian government, we are going to support them. By my coming here, it is a testimony of the United Nations commitment to the war turned region”.
Mr. Lanzer said they are going work out humanitarian place with all stakeholders to better the lives of the people, stressing that they ars going to step up their humanitarian response by introducing cash based programe to inject cash to the people, so that you can buy foods of your choice.
While taking the UN assistant Secretary General round the destroyed town of Bama, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state said that the Government is going to build 1000 units of houses in Bama in addition to the reconstruction of all public institutions.
He said they have to reconstruct all the destroyed communities so that the people will go back to their communities and called on the international communities and individuals to assist the state in its herculean task.
While addressing the IDPs, Governor Shettima said the government is not unaware of their challenges, which is why, according to him, he brought along with him enough food items, including household materials and drugs and call on them to continue to pray for lasting peace, so that they will return back to their respective communities to pick up the pieces of their lives.
Also speaking, the Borno state commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Engr. Babagana Umara said anybody who said Bama will be re-build in the shortest possible time is not being realistic, as the level of destruction is enormous, which requires the support of international communities.