The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, says the organisation will mobilise an additional 321 million U.S. dollars in support of Nigeria’s efforts to combat terrorist activities in the North East.
The UN chief made this known, while addressing journalists after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.
Guterres expressed the hope that the amount would also assist in addressing humanitarian crisis in the affected region.
According to him, the amount will be part of the overall 1.1billion U.S dollars, earmarked by the UN for the humanitarian response plan for Nigeria.
“We are very active in support of the humanitarian efforts of the Nigerian government and that is why we have called for an additional $351 million as part of the overall $1.1 billion for the humanitarian response plan for Nigeria,” he said.
The UN scribe lauded the Nigerian government for establishing the Presidential Committee on the Repatriation, Return and Resettlement of displaced persons in the North-East,
Guterres said: “In spite all that they have seen and endured, the people I saw remain hopeful and committed to returning to their communities and resuming their lives.
“To that end, I welcome the establishment of the Presidential Committee on the Repatriation, Return and Resettlement of displaced persons in the North-East.”
Besides, Guterres said that his meeting with Buhari touched on how to address the challenges confronting Nigeria and the smooth conduct of the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
“We discussed the importance of laying the ground work to ensure peaceful and democratic elections next year and the full participation of Nigerian women and young people in all areas.
“We also discussed government’s measures to address security challenges across the country.
“I want to extend my deepest condolences to the victims of the appalling attacks in Plateau State, two and half weeks ago.
“It is a tragic reminder of the terrorism scourge across West Africa and the Sahel,” he lamented.
The UN scribe reiterated the commitment of the UN towards combatting terrorism, violent extremism, organised crime, poverty and food insecurity worldwide.
He also commended Nigeria for her role in sustaining peace in Africa and beyond, as well as for playing the leading role in sustaining democracy on the African continent.
“I thank President Buhari for his unwavering support for the Multinational Joint Task Force and the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
“We also discussed the other challenges that Nigeria is facing today. Nigeria is a pillar of continental and global cooperation and a steadfast part of the United Nations.
“From its vital support for peacekeeping to its leadership in fighting for fairness in developing countries, to being home of my Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, and above all, Nigeria is a country where Africa’s promise and potential can come to vivid life,” he added.