Presidency Buhari has frown at a United Nations speculation that 100,000 Nigerians will die next year due to starvation in the country.
The President through his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba, explained that it was putting on clear records, the country’s appreciation of UN for its increasing humanitarian assistance which has continued to complement the efforts of the federal and state governments in the North East, a region in the middle of a humanitarian crisis.
According to him, it is a problem that the Buhari administration continues to handle with great sensitivity.
The presidency, however, expressed concern over what it described as the blatant attempts to whip up a nonexistent fear of mass starvation by some aid agencies, saying it is a type of hype that does not provide solution to the situation on the ground but more to do with calculations for operations financing locally and abroad.
Shehu said, “In a recent instance, one arm of the United Nations screamed that 100,000 people will die due to starvation next year. A different group says a million will die.
“There can be no doubt that the effect of the Boko Haram terrorism and their occupation of communities and destruction of houses, infrastructure and means of livelihood has been manifested in the decline of socio-economic activities throughout the North-East.
“Arising from this, farming, pastoralism, trade, exchange of goods and services and social interaction among the people have negatively been impacted leading to the displacement of more than two million people, mostly women and children. Consequently, there is death, there is hunger and there is poor nutrition.”