Wednesday, November 30, 2022

UN Guterres meets Nigerian leaders after visiting unstable Borno state

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met Nigerian leaders on Wednesday at the end of a two-day visit to Nigeria and a three-nation tour of Africa. On Tuesday, he visited internally displaced people (IDPs) in northeastern Nigeria and called on them to return to their homes safely. Nigerian authorities plan to close all IDP camps over the next few years, despite security concerns.

Antonio Guterres arrived at the UN home in Abuja at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday and met with local UN coordinators before holding talks with Nigerian women representatives.

Delegates, led by Nigeria’s Minister of Women’s Affairs Pauline Kedem Talon, discussed gender equality and the inclusion of women in politics with the UN Secretary-General.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Is Welcomed By A Woman As He Arrives At The United Nations Home In Abuja During His Two-Day Visit To Nigeria On May 4, 2022.  (Timothy Obizu/Voa)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is welcomed by a woman as he arrives at the United Nations home in Abuja during his two-day visit to Nigeria on May 4, 2022. (Timothy Obizu/VOA)

Talen said, “His visit to Nigeria today gives us hope, because we know he will voice his voice for all the issues affecting women, gender-based violence, early marriage, lack of implementation of some of our laws “

Guterres later met with Nigeria’s religious leaders and later attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the United Nations home to commemorate the 23 people killed during the bombing of the building in 2011.

He began his three-nation Africa tour in Senegal on Sunday as part of his Ramadan solidarity tour, and later traveled to Niger.

On Tuesday, he visited northeast Borno state and met with the state governor as well as the IDP and families affected by the Boko Haram conflict.

Guterres also met with repentant Boko Haram fighters and praised the officers’ reunification program for more than 1,000 former fighters.

A Woman Cares For Her Malnourished Child At The United Nations Nutrition Center In Banki On The Outskirts Of Maiduguri, Nigeria On May 3, 2022.

A woman cares for her malnourished child at the United Nations Nutrition Center in Banki on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Nigeria on May 3, 2022.

He also appreciated the efforts of the authorities to bring the displaced people back to their communities and called for more support to rebuild the area.

“The Borno I found today is a Borno of hope, Borno with a future and I was very impressed to see the policy being implemented here, assuming that you do not fight terrorism only by military means, you address terrorism.” while fighting the root causes of terrorism,” he said. “The people I met today at the IDP camps want to go back home with safety and dignity. The way to effectively address terrorism is to provide a future of not only hope but reality.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Delivers A Speech On Wednesday Afternoon During A Wreath-Laying Ceremony To Honor The Victims Of The United Nations Building Bombing On August 26, 2011, May 4, 2022.  (Timothy Obizu/Voa)

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, delivers a speech on Wednesday afternoon during a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the victims of the United Nations building bombing on August 26, 2011, May 4, 2022. (Timothy Obizu/VOA)

Nigerian authorities have been closing IDP camps since late last year and want to close all camps by 2026. More than two million people have been displaced from their homes since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009.

But aid groups have been warning that some communities may still be under attack.

“When it comes to resettlement there are many solutions. We need to stabilize people,” climate justice activist Edenique Oladosu called on the UN Secretary-General. “Climate change is fueling armed conflicts affecting the region and surrounding people and we need to see that we have more climate action and not always military action.”

The UN Secretary-General ended his visit at the Abuja Presidential Village, where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari and his top cabinet members.


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