The Midnight Crisis faced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) uncovered the fact that Boko Haram, a terrorist organisation, had taken control of 151 out of 159 oilfields in Nigeria. The group refused to trade oil with any nation that did not recognise the outfit as the legitimate government of Nigeria. Reports from Al-Jazeera claimed that the extremist group were in possession of a nuclear warhead which they allegedly received from Iran.
The committee received an update which discussed the emergence of a food crisis in the region. It also revealed that the oil trade was halted due to Boko Haram’s presence. This led to about 60% of Nigeria’s population not having access to food, as crude is the major source of revenue. This has pushed the African nation into an increasingly deepening food and health crisis.
The delegate of Nigeria reaffirmed their strict stance saying, “Nigeria is against terrorism”. The delegate revealed that their government and army has been weakened and called for aid from other nations. “We request other countries to help in improving healthcare, aid, and food facilities in our country and we urgently require military support” pleaded the delegate.
The nation’s foreign policy focuses on ‘cooperation and assistance in curbing health challenges all over the world’. This clearly conveys that Nigeria is willing to take help from other nations to improve their healthcare conditions in this time of crisis.
The committee made two working papers, one of which was passed. Through this the committee was able to come to a consensus. Firstly, the delegates of Egypt and Saudi Arabia decided to come to a diplomatic front by not bombing Boko Haram’s base. Secondly, the delegates of the UK and USA pledged to provide healthcare facilities to the people of Nigeria. Lastly, the delegate of Sudan offered to build refugee camps, that would assure that the people get access to food and other basic necessities.
The committee was successful. Throughout the Midnight Crisis, the delegates were quick to adapt to the crisis updates and made sensible decisions. Through this the international community was able to provide an appropriate solution to the crisis at hand.
Reporter: Nikita Raina, Reuters
Editor: Aryan Sharma