Thousands of Nigerian refugees indoctrinated in Boko Haram camps are heading to Europe’s shores as famine intensifies, security sources have warned.
Five children are dying an hour with 250,000 at risk of starvation while the country’s National Assembly remains hamstrung in a political wrangle.
Despite being Africa’s oil-rich country Nigeria’s civil war with Islamic terrorists has left the North-east Borno region devastated with three million refugees.
Britain has committed to spending £860 million in foreign aid to Nigeria, which now boasts Africa’s largest economy, to help support the country’s efforts to crush Boko Haram terror group, which has been responsible for a spate of outrages, including the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls.
But intelligence sources report human traffickers from the ISIS-backed terror group are transporting girls and young men across the Sahara into Libya.
Some trained suicide bombers and militants are heading for Europe while others are travelling to fight for Islamic State in Syria.
“They will soon start showing up on the Mediterranean’s shores,” a source linked to Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency said.
“Some of these people are trained suicide bombers and fighters, including children as young as ten. They have all been indoctrinated by Boko Haram and they could soon turn up in Europe’s capitals.”
Meanwhile Nigeria’s parliament is struggling to pass legislation as President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration presses “politically motivated’ charges against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Saraki has accused the administration of a ‘witchhunt’ after the president failed to get his own supporter into the powerful Senate President post last year.
“This case needs a swift conclusion for the country to unite and tackle the very serious issues of famine, security and a stumbling economy,” he told the Mail.
Saraki, a Nigerian politician educated at Cheltenham College, Gloucs, is attempting to get parliament to pass a motion to grant £215million in aid to tackle the emergency.
“This famine must not happen on our watch. I have seen the plight of these people with my own eyes and it is desperate. The government is making every effort to ensure money is available to fully address this issue.”
Saraki, who helped expose a massive oil corruption scheme under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, denies allegations of asset declaration irregularities likening them to a House of Cards plot with President Buhari trying to remove him from post.
Saraki warned of “a shadow government’ within the president’s administration, adding: ‘They are using executive powers for their own agenda. It is an abuse of process that threatens our democracy and our country.”
Some are calling the Borno famine ‘Biafra 2.0’ referring to the civil war in which three million starved to death in the late 1960s.
Dr Yodi Alakija, a British public health expert who has just returned from the North-eastern part of the country, said it was a ‘international crisis.’
“The UN requires Nigeria to declare it a humanitarian disaster to get relief. This is not a time for politics or game playing. Five children are dying an hour every single day.
“This requires urgent action. We need people to drop their political differences and come together. They can fight later when the children are ok.”
The medic, who works for UNICEF, warned: ‘If we do not make adequate provision for these people there could be an exodus. That’s when Europe will panic and it will happen when people have nothing and take desperate measures.’