Nigeria: Returnee Situation Update, Issue #14 - 30 August 2017

Post date Friday, 8 September, 2017 - 14:58
Document Type Strategic Response Plan, Situation Report
Content Themes Humanitarian Response Planning, Emergency Response
Sources United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

1. Political Situation

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on 19 August from London where he stayed for treatment for more than three months. While the president was away, there were a number of demonstrations in Abuja and other places calling for his return or resignation. One of the protests turned violent in Abuja on 15 August when the president’s supporters clashed with those opposing his long absence from the country.

From 16-18 August, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), Edward Kallon visited the North-East to hold further discussions with government officials in Borno State on the need to allow humanitarian staff to have the space to function without intimidation or harassment. The HC’s visit to the North-East, followed the incident of 11 August where the Nigerian military forcibly entered the UN accommodation facility in Maiduguri for what officials said was part of their routine cordon and search operation in the area. The UN described the action as ‘unauthorized’ and ordered the temporary suspension of staff movement in and out Maiduguri until circumstances surrounding the action of the military were established. Following the incident, the government issued a statement and reaffirmed its commitment to ensure the safety of humanitarian workers and the residents of the North-East. The HC was accompanied from Abuja by the heads of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, UN Children Fund, World Food Programme and International Organization for Migration.

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