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INSURGENCY: G7 Nations Pledge £276 Million Assistance For North-East Nigeria

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The G7 Countries comprised of wealthy nations including (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States” have promised £276 million ($389 million) assistant for millions of people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in North-Eastern Nigeria. According to a statement by the UK High Commission in Nigeria, Catriona Laing, Britain is leading the coordinated effort by the G7 nations to provide humanitarian assistance this year to the region which is most impacted by the insurgency.

“I welcome the G7’s commitment of £276 million for North-East Nigeria,” Laing said in the statement.

"It is vital we act now to avert further deterioration in the food security situation of millions of people affected by the conflict."

“Just as the UK is working with Nigerian partners to find solutions to the crisis in the North East, the G7 are working together to find global solutions to global problems and protect those hardest hit by these challenges. Together we can shape a better future,” Catriona added.

The G7 leaders had met in London last week Wednesday where they made a commitment to "urgently provide an initial £5 billion in humanitarian assistance to a number of countries around the world - including £1 billion to Yemen, South Sudan, and Nigeria as soon as possible to save lives".

In February, the UN had launched an appeal fund for $1bn to help over eight million vulnerable people in north-eastern Nigeria.

In the statement, High Commission called for extra efforts to make certain safe access to humanitarian workers saying in north-eastern Nigeria "communique daily suffer the consequences of war, including the estimated one million people inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity".

The ongoing insurgency by Boko Haram which is now in its second decade has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced millions of others from their homes in Nigeria and several neighbouring countries.

 

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