LAGOS, (CAJ News) – A United States-based religious and human rights group, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, has written United States President, Barack Obama, requesting the appointment of a Special Envoy for Nigeria and Lake Chad region.
The request comes in the wake of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region where the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect has killed thousands and left scores more on the verge of starvation.
Randel Everett, President of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative said the crisis in Nigeria and the surrounding countries was larger than Boko Haram and could continue unaddressed.
He was however grateful the Obama administration had already designated Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) and offered significant assistance to Nigeria.
“However, given that this is the world’s most neglected humanitarian crisis and one of the most significant security threats in West Africa, we believe what is needed is a Special Envoy for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region,” Everett wrote to Obama.
He said a Special Envoy for the region directly reporting to Assistant Secretary of State, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, could relate to Boko Haram, terrorism, refugees and psycho-social care.
Everett said it was his organisation’s firm belief that the United States and other Western nations had a vested interest in confronting one of the worst humanitarian crises of our day-Boko Haram.
“The appointment of a Special Envoy would send a strong signal and further strengthen American leadership. We urge you and your Administration to act quickly and appoint a Special Envoy for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.”
– CAJ News