Nigeria ‘mass exodus’ warning

Nigeria’s top humanitarian official has warned that a failure to help millions of Nigerians on the brink of starvation could force huge numbers of people to leave the country, exacerbating the global migrant crisis, Reuters news agency reports.

“The world could see a mass exodus from a country of 180 million people if support is not given, and fast … if people facing famine fall into famine,” Ayoade Alakija, Nigeria’s humanitarian coordinator told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“With so many people facing famine, this is the wrong time to criticise us and simply say ‘You are the giant of Africa’,” she added.

Nearly five million people in the country’s north-east are desperately hungry and risk starving to death this year if they do not receive food aid, according to UN figures.



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