UN Convoy Attack Saraki pleads with international organisation

Saraki also said the security situation in the North-East will be reviewed.

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has called for calm, following the suspension of humanitarian operations in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.

The region has been experiencing an influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), following attacks by Boko Haram.

Saraki also said the security situation in the North-East will be reviewed.

He also said international donor agencies and partners are important in the rebuilding of the region.

The Senate President said “This unfortunate situation has led to the United Nation’s temporarily suspending its rehabilitation-related aid deliveries to parts of the North East.

“This is a major cause for concern as overtime, the Nigerian military has recorded significant successes in routing the insurgency and many foreign donor agencies have expressed their preparedness to join in the North East restoration efforts.”

Saraki also said “I also urge our military, the Department of State Security and the Police, to commence an immediate security re-evaluation and review of the entire North East zone in order to allay the fears of our donor partners. The partners are important to Nigeria’s work to reposition the North East after months of decimation at the hands of Boko Haram.

Adding that “Effective action must be taken in the interim. We need to make sure that no lives are lost due to the temporary suspension of UN aid.”

The Borno Government says it plans to mobilise additional security for aid workers in the state following a recent attack on a UNICEF convoy.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) team were attacked by unknown gunmen on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

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