Reversing the complex humanitarian crises caused by Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin requires joint efforts, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, has said. Brende, in his opening remarks on Friday at the international donor conference in Oslo for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, obtained by journalists, pledged that the humanitarian crises in the area would be tackled together.
“We are here to address the severe humanitarian situation in northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. “We aim at mobilising increased humanitarian support and enhancing longer-term development cooperation. Our goal should be to provide stability and growth in a troubled region. “Many of today’s major challenges – terrorism, climate change, migration, extreme poverty – are too big for any one country to handle alone. We can only effectively deal with these issues together. “For decades, people in this region have struggled with poverty and the harsh effects of climate change. Boko Haram’s terror caused a displacement crisis. Now it has become a severe food and nutrition crisis.