Travel to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General

The UN Secretary-General has just finished his trip to Nigeria, as part of a short African tour that went through Senegal and Niger. It was Antonio Guterre’s first official visit to Nigeria. On Tuesday, May 3, he went to the northeastern part of the country, the epicenter of the jihadist uprising in Nigeria, where he met people displaced by the conflict, but also remorseful former warriors from Boko Haram. On Wednesday, May 4, he was in Abuja where he met in particular with the Nigerian head of state.

as reported from Lagos, Liza Fabbien

President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his satisfaction with the visit of the UN Secretary-General, in the middle of the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Antonio Guterres assured his side that this major crisis will not change UN action around the world.

After visiting the city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, Antonio Guterres assured that the UN will continue to support the displaced people, whose stories have “deeply touched” him.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations recalled that more than four million people will find themselves in a situation of food insecurity during the lean season in northeastern Nigeria.

After all, Antonio Guterres supported the Nigerian government’s efforts to close the camps surrounding the city of Maiduguri, to encourage the displaced to return to their villages of origin.

However, this decision worries humanitarians who fear that these vulnerable populations will suffer from hunger or be the target of jihadists in the Islamic State in West Africa.

On Wednesday, Antonio Guterres also paid tribute to the victims of the attack on the UN headquarters in Abuja on August 26, 2011. This suicide attack orchestrated by Boko Haram left 23 dead and 60 injured.

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