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Interview: more assistance needed to tackle Boko Haram

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As Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram attack the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, with dozens reported dead, ActionAid’s Country Director in Nigeria Hussaini Abdu is available for interviews on:

  • The international assistance, including military assistance, needed to stop Boko Haram killing and kidnapping innocent people.
  • The extreme poverty that has created extremism in Nigeria and what must be done to tackle it at source.
  • The children at the heart of Boko Haram’s campaign of terror and what must be done to rescue them.

ActionAid’s Country Director in Nigeria Hussaini Abdu said:

“Nigerians are angry that more isn’t being done to stop Boko Haram’s campaign of terror.

“While nobody wants war, it’s clear that Nigeria’s army needs international reinforcement. The Nigerian government must reach out to the international community if it is ever going to stop Boko Haram killing and kidnapping innocent people.

“Boko Haram is an extremist group born out of extreme poverty in Nigeria.  There is never an excuse for mass murder, but if we want to tackle extremism in the long term, we have to address the crippling poverty that drives people to such inhumane measures.”

For more information and interviews contact:

Natalie Curtis +44 (0) 203 122 0641 or natalie.curtis@actionaid.org