Insurgency: G-7 countries pledges £276 million support for Nigeria

The Group 7 (G-7) countries have pledged to assist people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria with £276 million ($389 million or roughly N148 billion).

The group of wealthy countries will be supporting the United Nations (UN) and other aid agencies in helping victims of the conflict.

A statement issued from the UK High Commission in Nigeria disclosed that Britain is leading the coordinated move by the G-7 countries to provide humanitarian assistance this year.

According to the statement, the move intends to call for more efforts to ensure safe access to humanitarian workers in that region of the country.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said, “It is vital we act now to avert further deterioration in the food security situation of millions of people affected by the conflict”.

The statement read further, “Communities daily suffer the consequences of war, including the estimated one million people inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity”.

In February, the UN had launched an appeal fund for $1bn to help more than eight million vulnerable people in northeastern Nigeria. The worsening insecurity, which is now in its second decade, has killed more than 30,000 people and rendered millions homeless in Nigeria and several neighbouring countries.

The G-7 leaders had met in London last week, where they made a commitment to “urgently provide an initial £5 billion in humanitarian assistance to a number of countries around the world – including £1 billion to Yemen, South Sudan, and Nigeria as soon as possible to save lives”.

The G-7 is an intergovernmental organisation consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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