According to the report by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative from the United States and the Stefanus Foundation, based in Nigeria reported on Monday, September 20, in Abuja, during a programme organised to highlight the challenges of terror victims in the country, that over 14 million Nigerians are directly affected by humanitarian crises in the North-east region of the country.
Mr Mark Lipdo, executive director of the Stefanus Foundation said the menace of terrorism had a wide range of casualties, which he stated as 611 teachers who died as a result of terrorism in the north east; 19,000 teachers displaced, 1,500 schools closed down, 950,000 children denied the opportunity of accessing education, 2000 children abducted and 10,000 boys forced to join Boko Haram, 13,000 churches abandoned, closed down or destroyed,
Mr Mark Lipdo said:
“14.8 million Nigerians from Northeast are directly impacted by the crisis. Officially, there are 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
“Unofficially, there are five to seven million IDPs. Those in need of special assistance are 2.5 million, comprising children under the age of five, pregnant women and nursing mothers.”
“Global Terrorism index shows that Boko Haram is the world’s most lethal terrorist group, followed by ISIS, while Al-Qaeda ranks third and the Fulani militants mostly in the middle belt rank 4th.”
“As of December 2015, there were 2,152,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria – the third highest figure in Africa and the seventh in the world.”
Mr Brown among the group said:
“Without intervention, the crisis in the Middle Belt will continue to escalate. This could affect other countries in West African region like the Republic of Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Mali, and Niger.”