President's aide sympathises with UNICEF, IOM over Boko Haram attack

Danjuma added that this would ensure a safer zone for providing food, medicine and nutritional help to those in need.

Former Defence Minister, Theophillus Danjuma

Danjuma expressed his sympathy in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Victim’s Support Fund (VSF), Mr Alkasim Abdulkadir in Abuja on Friday.

It will be recalled that UNICEF and International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) humanitarian response team were recently attacked by insurgents on their way from Bama to Maiduguri after delivering food and medicines.

Danjuma, who is also Chairman VSF, said the attack on humanitarian NGOs who were in the North East to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) was shocking to all Nigerians.

``It is tragic that men and women who make great sacrifices to save the lives of starving and sick people in the North East have become the target of insurgent attacks’’, he said.

He, therefore, assured the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that military presence would be beefed up around all humanitarian crisis centres.

He also wished the injured soldiers who protected the humanitarian convoy a quick recovery and extolled the gallantry of the soldiers for saving the lives of humanitarian workers.

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