The United Nations has said that Boko Haram has killed over 27, 000 civilians in Nigeria.
This was made known by the United Nations Humanitarian Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon,
However, Kallon, said this at the UN house Abuja during the remembrance of 10 years of crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Kallon said rising insecurity in the country had pushed over 130,000 people into displacement. With most of them seeking refuge at internally displaced persons camps.
Speaking during the inauguration of “Holding On” Virtual Reality Experience in commemoration of the 10 years of crisis in the three states. Kallon urged Nigeria to complement its military effort in the North-east with dialogue. And a political process to address the acts of terror in the area.
According to him, the menace of boko haram in North-east Nigeria presented an intricate web of issues.
The issues that requires the collective collaboration of the different actors in search of a durable solution.
He however stated that priority should be accorded to prevention always, development wherever possible. And humanitarian action when necessary.
“The only solution to the crises in the North-east is peace and we must work together to bridge the humanitarian, development, peace, and security nexus in the search for a durable solution to the crisis.
The crisis that started 10 years ago and has devastated entire communities in North-east Nigeria is still far from over.
In this very critical period, we must redouble efforts, with the support of everyone at all levels – locally, nationally, and internationally.
“Rising insecurity in the recent months has pushed more than 130,000 newly displaced people on a long trudge.