Senator Shehu Sani has pleaded with the United Nations not to be deterred following Boko Haram’s shooting incident involving a helicopter conveying aid materials in Damasak, Borno State.
The UN said Saturday that it was suspending air services in the troubled region for a week.
According to reports, the helicopter had planned to pick some aid workers in Damasak to Maiduguri on Friday when it aborted its plan as it was shot at by some members of the terrorist group.
This compelled the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Mr. Edward Kallon, to suspend all air expedition in the area for a week.
But Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, urged the UN not to lose faith, noting that doing so would only aggravate the suffering of residents of the region.
He described the attack as “condemnable”, adding that it was a serious setback for humanitarian interventions in the North East.
“The attack on the @UN_Nigeria helicopter by the insurgents is condemnable and a serious set back to the humanitarian intervention in the North East.
“However, Icall on the UN not be deterred by this incidence, in view of the urgency and imperative of its continuous presence,” Sani wrote on Sunday.