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Presidency Rejects Assessment Of The UN On Insecurity In Nigeria

Austin Papi

The Federal Government of Nigeria has rejected the documented assessment of the United Nations concerning the state of insecurity in the country.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, announced on Friday that the UN Rapporteur on violence in Nigeria was inadequate.

Describing the assessment as disappointing, Shehu further stated that it does not reflect the true situation in the country.

“In Benue, Taraba, Cross River states and many parts of the country, most of the casualties result from intra-group, inter-group and community violence," Shehu said.

“Many of the displaced persons across the nation are also victims of these conflicts.

“Therefore, we are saddened that the rapporteur did not address intra-ethnic conflicts and cattle rustling as key elements in herders/farmers conflicts.”

Agnes Callamard, the rapporteur who wrote the report on Nigeria this month, stated: “Nigeria is a pressure cooker of conflicts.”

She further warned that the crisis in Nigeria could pose a threat to the rest of West Africa.