“The world has not forgotten us”: Nigerian Buhari thanks for the visit of the head of the United Nations during the war in Ukraine

Guterres, who is visiting Nigeria for the first time as secretary general, said he went to Nigeria “to express his solidarity with the victims of terrorism,” according to a statement from his office.

Buhari received Guterres on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in the capital Abuja, where he expressed gratitude for the UN’s support in the country’s fight against terrorism.

The Nigerian leader was concerned that the war in Ukraine might divert the world’s attention to the war on terror, but said Guterres’ visit showed that “the world has not forgotten us,” according to one. statements published Wednesday by Buhari’s special advisor, Femi Adesina.

Nigeria is grappling with the decades-long battle against Islamist groups that have caused thousands of deaths and millions of displaced people in the northern region of the country. Boko Haram fighters and its affiliates continue to carry out brutal attacks in areas of the region in their quest for control.

Sambisa, a vast forest reserve in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, has been a hiding place and stronghold for Boko Haram agents, whose notorious activities have resulted in the deaths of over 37,000 people and more than 2 million displaced people. since 2011, according to the data by the Council for Foreign Relations.

“When we took office, the northeast was the main security problem we inherited in 2015, but we were able to make people understand that you can’t kill people and shout ‘Allahu Akbar’,” Buhari said. according to Wednesday’s statement, referring to the Arabic phrase often translated as “God is greater”.

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“Either you don’t know what you’re saying or you’re just plain stupid. God is a God of justice, so you can’t kill people and say God is great. Luckily people understood our message and it made a big impact,” He added.

On Tuesday, Guterres visited the state of Borno.

During a visit to a UN-backed reintegration center for former rebel fighters, the UN chief said he was satisfied with the willingness to surrender to terrorists to be reintegrated into society.

“I was amazed to see today, at the center, that those who have been terrorists want to integrate and contribute to society. The policy that is in place here is a policy of reconciliation and reintegration,” said the center.

According to the Borno state government, more than 35,000 rebels and their commanders they gave up to the authorities.

Guterres also spoke about his interactions with displaced people in Maiduguri, the capital of the state of Borno.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), I visited Maiduguri, where the United Nations is supporting IDPs. I was deeply moved by their stories and struggles. These include the struggles with hunger, with the World Food Program projecting 4.1 million. people in northeastern Nigeria will be food insecure in the upcoming lean season, ” he said.

“But despite all they have seen and endured, the people I have met remain confident and committed to returning to their communities and resuming their lives.”

The UN had proposed more funding for Nigeria’s humanitarian response, Guterres said.

The visit comes almost 11 years later the bombing of a United Nations building in the Nigerian capital, which killed 23 people, including UN personnel, and injured more than 60.

Before traveling to Nigeria, Guterres visited Senegal and Niger.

In Niger, the UN boss asked for more funding to help fight terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa, where terrorist attacks are on the rise.
during his visit to SenegalGuterres highlighted the impact of the war in Ukraine on the economies of developing countries.