The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Monday, said the Borno State government was not responsible for people being malnourished in the North East, but however blamed Boko Haram for the humanitarian crisis in the region.
The NEMA Zonal Coordinator for the North East, Mohammed Kannar, while handing over relief material to the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Manmam Durkwa, in Maiduguri, said that these people have been in the custody of the terrorists so the government is not to blame.
It would be recalled that reports emerged about the internally displaced people (IDPs) numbering over 25, 000 in Bama camp that were said to have been abandoned, starved and seriously malnourished with about 20 daily deaths.
Mr. Kannar said, "The governments was not responsible for the cases in Bama camps. Many of these people were starved and malnourished even before they were rescued by the military.”
He added, "In continuation of our MoU [Memorandum of Understanding] with Borno State government, we have released some food items for Borno State government for a period of one-month and all these items cover 13 IDPs’ camps within Maiduguri.”
The following food items were released by NEMA to the State government; rice 8000 bags of 25kg, beans 3000 bags of 50kg, millet 1200 bags and maize 1200 bags.
Mr. Kannar also said, "We are donating nutritional supplements to address malnourished people because it might be a month before they fully recover."
In his remarks, Mr. Durkwa, thanked the NEMA and NGOs for their support to humanity.
“We are thankful for the released of relief materials and I promise you we are going to distribute to IDPs.”