On Saturday, the first lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari went on a week-long visit to the US to hold discussions with aid organisations on how to help the women and children facing starvation in the northeastern part of Nigeria.
Mrs Buhari spoke in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA).
“Our children in the various camps are in dire situation and the government alone cannot do it, we have to get help,” she said.
She also said she told the officials of the aid organisations that what was needed now was not even cash because statistics had shown that many children between the ages of 5 months and 7 years were dying due to hunger-related diseases.
She said the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF) had been providing aid packages containing nut-related supplements, which, she said, are produced in large quantities by Nigerian farmers.
The first lady said she told the officials that there was a need to set up a plant in Nigeria that could produce the package.
“It often takes between 6-8 weeks for these things to be shipped to Nigeria, before they arrive, many children would have died, so I suggested to them to set up the manufacturing plant in the country if they really want to help is,” she said.
She also said started pay close attention to the issue after recent revelations indicated women and children were dying of hunger in some IDP camps in Borno State.