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Boko Haram UK donates additional £80m, while US gives $41m to support Nigeria

The development follows President Buhari's pleas to the international community for more assistance in helping victims of the terror group.

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Nigeria has formed a regional military coalition involving Cameroon, Chad and Niger to eradicate Boko Haram play

Nigeria has formed a regional military coalition involving Cameroon, Chad and Niger to eradicate Boko Haram

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The governments of the United Kingdom and the United States have pledged to commit for more funds to support victims of Boko Haram in Lake Chad Basin, NAN reports.

The development follows President Muhammadu Buhari's pleas to the international community for more assistance in helping victims of the terror group.

The UK pledged additional 80 million pounds, while the U.S pledged 41 million dollars.

The pledge was made at the high level side event on humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, at the 71st UN General Assembly in New York.

The Nigeria’s foreign affairs ministry on Saturday, September 24, in Abuja, quoted UK Minister for Africa, Tobias ELLwood, as saying “this is in addition to the 90 million pounds of humanitarian assistance we have already delivered in the region.’’

“50 million pounds will go toward meeting the needs of work in the affected communities in Nigeria, including food assistance and access to essential household items and services.

“And 30 million pounds to support those affected by the spread of Boko Haram into Cameroun, Chad and Niger.’’

ELLwood said the UK is proud of its humanitarian contributions, but call on international partners to do the same.

“It is imperative that the international community and governments in the affected region redouble the efforts,’’ he said.

“Our message to those millions affected by Boko Haram brutality is the same with our message to the Chibok girls and many others taken by the Boko Haram and their families.

“The world has not forgotten you, we are doing what we can to help. UK support for the region is unwavering, ” he said.

Ms Samantha Power, U. S Ambassador to the UN, also announced an additional $41million in humanitarian assistance to the region.

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She said the U.S. Government has provided more than $380 million in humanitarian aid in the region since 2015, and “we would continue to do our part and we recognise that we have to do more”.

“The region is desperately in need of support, the citizens and governments of the region cannot do it alone as they made it clear today , we need to dramatically increase the international assistance we are dedicating to this.

Power quoted the UN as saying that it needs $542 million to meet the unilateral needs of the people in the region just between September and December 2016.

“To give a sense of the human stance according to the UN, in Nigeria’s Borno alone, an estimated 134 children will die every day of severe acute malnutrition unless they are treated," Power said.

“At that rate over the course of this meeting, 12 boys and girls will die and that is just a slipper of the consequences when we come up short.

She, therefore, called on every government here to find ways to step up the support.

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