The United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said the Boko Haram
insurgency has displaced over 700 000 Nigerians.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN for West Africa,
Mohammed Ibn Chambas, disclosed this at the 46th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS
Authority of Heads of State and Government (HOSG).
Chambas put the number of refugees and returnees in Chad, Cameroon, and Niger
at about 142 000 people.
“The Boko Haram insurgency continues to create mayhem as innocent civilian
populations are being killed and entire communities are living under very
challenging security situations. The regional dimension of this violent
extremism is more than ever visible," Chambas said.
Efforts need to be stepped up to globally and comprehensively combat the
insurgency, he said.
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He called on all parties concerned to intensify efforts at ensuring the
objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were met.
He added that the issue of youth unemployment needs to be urgently addressed
and the attainment of the objectives of the MDGs which has been shadowed by the
many security challenges faced, not only on the African continent but the
entire world, needs to be refocused.
Chambas meanwhile commended ECOWAS for restoring political stability in Burkina
“United Nations will remain actively engaged jointly with ECOWAS to prepare for
transparent, free, and fair elections that will mark the end of the transition
period in 2015. Events in Burkina Faso should be viewed as a call for improved
governance and especially participative democracy which allows the driving
force in our region”.
He called for concerted efforts at ensuring violent-free elections in
member-states preparing to hold elections in 2015 and coordinated efforts at
stopping the spread of the Ebola virus and reiterated the UN’s continued
support in the implementation of developed mechanisms.
- CAJ News