Britain halves foreign aid money to Nigeria

Britain gradually giving up on foreign aid to Nigeria?

It follows a joint visit by Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, to Nigeria to see the UK’s response to the humanitarian crisis.

The aid worth £200m ($258m) over the next fours years is a 50% drop from the £100m it spent in the past 12 months.

The said amount is to support people who have been victimised by Boko Haram Islamist militants in north-eastern Nigeria.

According to aid agencies, over 1.5 million people are on the brink of famine in that particular area.

International Development Minister Priti Patel has therefore advised the Nigerian government to act swiftly to defeat the extremists as well as "secure the safety and well being of its own people".

Also, she called on other donor agencies to give a helping hand to Nigeria. Other countries and development partners needed to share the aid burden, she added.

There have been concerns over the substantial cut in Britain's humanitarian aid, however, Ms Patel stated that she did not see it as a cut because she had just announced more money for Nigeria.

"My job isn't just to give aid and money... but also to get others to contribute as well."

"This is an international crisis... the international development community must come together. That's other donor countries."

Statistics from the UK Department for International Development show that North-east Nigeria has been devastated by Boko Haram since 2009, with more than 20,000 people killed and 8.5 million people in need of urgent support.

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