Nigeria once again is mentioned amongst four countries facing possible famine and countries in African launching launching an appeal for humanitarian aid in 2018. The countries include Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan.
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How did Nigeria sink from giving humanitarian aid to begging for aid
When the humanitarian appeal for 2018 was launched in December 2017, Nigeria was one for the countries listed all alongside recurring affected countries like Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia. It was the third time for Nigeria and as was the case for the last two years left me sweating in rage.
I was posted to Nigeria late October 2012 to support the country’s response to the impact of the flood in that year that affected 7 million and displaced at least 3 Million people the UN supper was technical as Nigeria was leading the response. I met a well funded and led Presidential Flood Committee that ensures swift return of the displaced: Nigeria did not launch a global appeal and in spite of its flood crisis was providing funding to neighbouring African countries. I was proud of my Nigerian roots for true to the global perception, Nigeria was acting in its true role as the big brother of Africa.
In the same vain, as the humanitarian impact of the north east insecurity was increasing from 203, the National capacity, sense of pride and resources cane to fore, It never occurred to Nigeria to launch a global appeal. The private public partnership, national culture and attitude kicked in and a fund raising event was launched and in one night’s event raised half a billion USD.
I left my position and Nigeria in November 2015 and remain perplexed at how Nigeria deteriorated to one of the countries from Africa appealing for international humanitarian assistance: how did Nigeria move from giving to begging.
Nigeria needed technical advice from the UN and was clear how role. I came into Nigeria as the Humanitarian Advisor to a team. Our role was clearly to provide technical advice: I came to Nigeria excited, I was convinced that Nigeria would come to to demonstrate a new way Humanitarian crises would and could be addressed in Africa with our dignity intact using national resources and limiting the humiliation that came with national appeals.
I fought to ensure that Nigeria was not turned into a humanitarian aid dependency banana case, and I put my career advancement on the line for it. Eventually I was posted out of the country. Today I shocked that Nigeria is mentioned amongst countries appealing for aid.
How did we get here.