A nutrition consultant, Dr. Davis Bamidele Omotola has attributed the activities of Boko Haram insurgents as the greatest driving force responsible for the severe malnutrition among children and women in the northeast of Nigeria.
Dr. Omotola stated this at the opening of a two day media dialogue on child malnutrition with the theme “investing in child malnutrition for the future”, holding in Yola, Adamawa State.
The programme is organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
There has been great concerns over the increasing rate of acute malnutrition in Nigeria, especially in the northeast which has been ravaged by the terrorist activities of Boko Haram.
The crisis has resulted in the death of thousands of people, especially children and women who are displaced and lacking many basic means of livelihood.
The malnutrition situation in the Northeast is being worsened coupled with the poor counterpart funding of nutrition activities by most of the State Governments where UNICEF is executing programmes aimed at addressing acute malnutrition in the region.
According to Dr. Omotola, the almost one decade insurgency has resulted in high food insecurity in that part of the country even when it is widely regarded as the food basket of the nation.
He said the terrorist activities has prevented many from going into food production in the farms among many other socioeconomic problems.
The media dialogue brought in journalists from Abuja and northeastern States.