UN Raid: Official Says Relation With Nigeria ‘Intact’
The U.N. Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Peter Lundberg, has said that the United Nations’ relationship with Nigeria is intact after a military raid on a compound belonging to the international body on Friday.
“I am very pleased to report that our relationship of collaboration and trust is intact,” Lundberg said, while responding to questions from pressmen on Saturday.
Recall that the Nigerian Army, had in the early hours of Friday, stormed the UN building in Maiduguri, over search for the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
However,Lundberg maintained that “We are here in support of the government of Nigeria, the United Nations agencies and over 60 non-government organizations.”
In the same development, Ibrahim Attahiru, a commander of Nigeria’s operations against Boko Haram, said the army was not trying to block the United Nations’ activities.
“We will continue to collaborate with the United Nations humanitarian agencies to achieve the goals of the counter-insurgency campaign and other developments to address the humanitarian crisis in the northeast region,” he said.