The Nigerian Army has reversed a decision to suspend the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) from activities in the North-East.
In a statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said that the Military u-turn following intervention by stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians.
The Army had accused the organisation of “sabotage” and imposed a three-month suspension on its activities in the North-East, which was announced earlier on Friday.
“Sequel to intervention by well meaning and concerned Nigerians over the recent suspension of UNICEF operations in the North East theatre of operations, the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE convened and held an emergency meeting with representatives of UNICEF this evening.
“During the meeting, the Theatre Command admonished the representatives of the organization to desist from activities inimical to Nigeria’s national security and capable of undermining ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency.
“The Command also urged UNICEF representatives to ensure they share information with relevant authorities whenever induction or training of new staff is being conducted in the theatre.
“Consequently, after extensive deliberations on the need to seek modalities to work harmoniously with the security agencies in the theatre of operation, the Theatre Command, henceforth, lifted the three months suspension earlier imposed on UNICEF activities in North Eastern Nigeria”.