’44m People Facing Hunger In Nigeria’s Northeast’

The endowed chairman of Defence and Security Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA), Kaduna, Prof Usman Tar, has raised alarm over 4.4 million people facing acute hunger and 320 000 children affected by malnutrition in due to insurgency in Borno Yobe and Adamawa.

Tar, spoke during public lecture tittled; Conflict Continuum and Food Security in North Eastern Nigeria at Modibo Adama University (MAU) stressed that, underlying factor that fester discontent among the youth, which drive them towards violence, should be properly addressed through good governance.

“Federal government should expedite action on it slime prospect of repatriating Nigerian IDPs abroad to address exit of agricultiral actors out of the Nigeria.

“This figure entirely depending on food assistance and funding will continue to be needed to support immediate and long term recovery and development program of the region.

According to him, the negatives experience of ex-combatantof ‘Operation Safe Corridor’ program suggest that, goverment need to invest more in open and comprehensive discussiond with society about rehabilitation, reintegration not just for Boko Haram associates, but also victims and community.

“Major challenges of OSC remains community acceptance of deradicalised ex-insurgents, because of the heinous atrocities they had previously committed”.he added.

Prof Liman Tukur, Vice Chancellor MAU lauded the the reflection of key issues and policy recommendation by lecturer in addressing issues in the region devastated by insurgency.

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