NIGERIA / GUTERRES VISIT

04-May-2022 00:03:51
A day after visiting Maiduguri, in embattled Borno State, Secretary-General António Guterres today (4 May) met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and said, “violence continues to cast the shadow of death over so many Nigerians,” but added that he “came out of Borno with the sense that Nigeria is able to defeat this threat.” UNIFEED
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STORY: NIGERIA / GUTERRES VISIT
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DATELINE: 03 MAY 2022, MAIDUGURI, BORNO STATE, NIGERIA / 04 MAY, ABUJA, NIGERIA
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04 MAY 2022, ABUJA, NIGERIA

1. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres’ vehicle welcomed with marching band at Presidential Palace
2. Wide shot, Guterres and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari walking together
3. Wide shot, members of Secretary-General’s delegation sitting down
4. Wide shot, members of President Buhari’s Cabinet sitting
5. Pan left, Guterres and Buhari enter room
6. Wide shot, Guterres and Buhari sitting
7. Various shots, Guterres signing book with Buhari standing beside him
8. Wide shot, Guterres and Buhari at press encounter
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Violence continues to cast the shadow of death over so many Nigerians and has sparked the crisis of displacement across the country and the neighborhoods. But yesterday, I came out of Borno with the sense that Nigeria is able to defeat this threat.”
10. Wide shot, Guterres and Buhari at press encounter
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We have increased our action in Ukraine, but we have not decreased our action in all other parts of the world. And my appeal is for those that support financially the United Nations, not to divert funds from other humanitarian and development forms of cooperation to the Ukraine crisis, but to put additional contributions for that crisis, not undermining the efforts in humanitarian and development cooperation that are taking place all around the world.”
12. Wide shot, end of press encounter

03 MAY 2022, MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA

13. Wide shot, Guterres deplaning
14. Med shot, Guterres receiving gift from children
15. Various shots, musicians and dancers welcoming Secretary-General
16. Med shot, Guterres and delegation walking
17. Pan right, delegation walking
18. Close up, sandals
19. Wide shot, Iman talking to Secretary-General in front of former child soldiers
20. Close up, Guterres listening
21. Med shot, Guterres talking next to Governor of Borno State Babagana Umara Zulum
22. Med shot, former child soldiers listening
23. Various shots, former child soldiers applauding
24. Various shots, Guterres being welcomed by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
25. Wide shot, Guterres and Zulum at press conference
26. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The way to address terrorism effectively is to provide, not only hope but a future of reality.”
27. Wide shot, Guterres and Zulum at press conference
28. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The best thing we can do for peace is to reintegrate those that in a moment of despair became terrorists but want to become now citizens and to contribute to the well-being of their brothers and sisters.”
29. Wide shot, Guterres and Zulum at press conference
30. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“When I went around with the thousands and thousands of people that were there, I saw smiles, I saw enthusiasm, I saw hope, and this is where we must invest.”
31. Wide shot, Guterres and Zulum holding gift
STORYLINE
A day after visiting Maiduguri, in embattled Borno State, Secretary-General António Guterres today (4 May) met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and said, “violence continues to cast the shadow of death over so many Nigerians,” but added that he “came out of Borno with the sense that Nigeria is able to defeat this threat.”

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced in north-east Nigeria.

Asked about the crisis in Ukraine diverting much needed funds from humanitarian aid in Africa, Guterres said, “we have increased our action in Ukraine, but we have not decreased our action in all other parts of the world. And my appeal is for those that support financially the United Nations, not to divert funds from other humanitarian and development forms of cooperation to the Ukraine crisis, but to put additional contributions for that crisis, not undermining the efforts in humanitarian and development cooperation that are taking place all around the world.”

Guterres travelled to Borno on Tuesday (4 May) after previously visiting two other Sahel nations, Niger and Senegal.

Borno has been one of the epicentres of violent extremism and terrorist activity in Nigeria and across the wider Sahel region.

Insecurity over the past 12 years linked to armed groups, including the terrorist group Boko Haram, has disrupted livelihoods and led to the displacement of some 2.2 million people, according to UN figures.

The UN chief visited the Bulumkutu Interim Care Centre, which opened in June 2016. The transit centre has provided shelter, protection and other lifesaving services to 7,036 people, including 4,018 children (2,756 boys and 1,262 girls) in preparation for reintegration back to their communities.

Many of these children were forced - or chose, through a lack of other opportunities - to join terrorist groups and take up arms as combatants. Some were taken into detention and then released after being suspected of involvement in violent acts.

At Bulumkutu, they are being given a fresh opportunity to start a new life, under the tutelage of local religious leader Imam Mallam Abba Bilal Goni.

After meeting Internally Displaced Persons and victims of violence in Maiduguri, Guterres, together with the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, spoke to journalist and said, “the way to address terrorism effectively is to provide, not only hope but a future of reality.”

The Secretary-General, said, “the best thing we can do for peace is to reintegrate those that in a moment of despair became terrorists but want to become now citizens and to contribute to the well-being of their brothers and sisters.”

To conclude, he said, “when I went around with the thousands and thousands of people that were there, I saw smiles, I saw enthusiasm, I saw hope, and this is where we must invest.”

Changing climatic conditions, including lower rainfall, have led to competition and sometimes conflict over limited resources; deforestation and overgrazing have further denuded the environment which the largely nomadic peoples of the Sahel rely on to survive and has led many of them to migrate to different areas, putting pressure on already stretched basic services, such as health and education. Thousands of schools have been forced to close, mainly due to insecurity.

An estimated 8.4 million people need humanitarian and protection assistance. Of those around 3.2 million people are not getting enough food to eat.

The humanitarian response plan for Nigeria calls for US$1.1 billion to assist those people in need in the north-east of the country and is currently only 8.7 per cent funded.

The cost of humanitarian operations has recently risen, partly as an effect of the war in Ukraine, with the price of diesel increasing by 52 percent from the period prior to the crisis, while fertilizer prices have increased by nearly 49 percent.
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