Malnutrition crisis in Northeast: Nigeria risks war bigger than Boko Haram, Senator Ndume warns
The Senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume, at the weekend, painted a gloomy picture of what could befall the northeastern part of Nigeria, if drastic and proper measures were not forthcoming to address the prevailing malnutrition crisis in the region.
Ndume said Boko Haram onslaught has displaced millions of Nigerians, including women and children, leading to creation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, mainly in the affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Therefore, the prevailing crisis of malnutrition in the area is capable of causing a larger war than the one being waged against the insurgents.
Ndume spoke at a cocktail party in Abuja to mark the end of official Launch of the Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari’s, Get-Involved Initiative, aimed at stemming malnutrition in the area.
He said: “The situation in Borno State, particularly in the Northeast, and in the country generally is very serious. If we don’t do something concrete now about these children that are growing up malnourished, sick with hunger, poverty and malnutrition in Borno State, then we are going to have another war that is worse than the Boko Haram.