Presidency Refutes Mass Starvation Claims By Aid Agencies
The Presidency has refuted claims by some aid agencies that there is mass starvation in IDP camps set up in northeast Nigeria.
A statement from the Presidency says it is concerned about the attempts to whip up fears that the humanitarian crisis is worse than being reported.
While it recognizes that local and international humanitarian responders including the United Nations have done an immeasurable amount of effort filling in the gaps wherever they existed, the federal government says it is not true that 100,000 or even a million people will die because government is unable to provide care at the camps.
The Presidency says it is handling the situation with great sensitivity and has put measures in place to cushion the humanitarian challenges with collaboration between NEMA and the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative.
Both organisations provide raw food items to IDPs at formal camps, self-settled centers, host communities and satellite centers while the state governments complement with condiments, firewood and maintain environmental quality of the IDP camps.