The UNHRC rose to the occasion as a midnight crisis occurred on Friday, August 30th declaring that Boko Haram has taken over Nigeria, leaving the country with a collapsing government. Furthermore, 151 out of 159 oil fields have been captured. The first live update received by the delegates highlighted three pressing issues in Nigeria. These included occurrences of schools being shut down for girls, women not being allowed to move around without a male companion as well as over one thousand women being murdered over flimsy grounds.
The committee promptly moved into a moderated caucus to discuss the crisis. UNHRC then discussed how the delegates of different countries have been helping or wish to help Nigeria get back on its own feet. However, some representatives accused Nigeria of extreme activities like sex trafficking. The delegates exclaimed that this crisis was inevitable due to the pre-existing conditions within the country. The delegate of Nigeria sat stunned unable to defend the country.
Once the General Speaker's List (GSL) had been exhausted, the chair prompted the delegate of Nigeria to voice out the country’s stance on the crisis. However, the delegate chose to remain quiet about the matter. After receiving no comments from the country, the committee launched into a moderated caucus, discussing the effects and potential solutions.
The delegate of Nigeria listened intently and was observed to be jotting down relevant points. When urged again to speak, the delegate decided to differ from the previous accusations and reiterated the facts from the live update. The delegate pled, ''Nigeria is looking for all the help it can get. We hope for other countries to keep giving solutions and hope to get help from allies, especially China and Egypt”, Additionally, a presidential statement was taken from the delegate of Nigeria during the committee session and the delegate was observed to be repeating the same stance that was stated earlier.
In a personal interview with the delegate, Nigeria’s request for help gave rise to many questions. The delegate seemed hesitant when asked about why the country wanted help from China and Egypt but later answered, “they have been helpful all this while”. This invited questions regarding Egypt’s failure to crush it’s Jihadist groups, and if Nigeria were to take help from Egypt, it might spread into the country, resulting in a metastasis. The delegate seemed overwhelmed and underprepared; but still strongly responded, “it does not matter right now, our top priority is to get help”.
The delegate of Nigeria was further prodded during a press conference, where the international press wished to delve into Nigeria's non aligned policy and allies. The non-aligned policy leads to Nigeria lacking strong all rounded allies. When asked, how the country plans on respecting the policy, the delegate repeated the point of “not caring anymore” because priority was to get help from anywhere and anyone.
The press conference concluded with the press questioning the delegate of Nigeria about her tone of desperation. It was observed that Nigeria’s pleas for help had been interpreted by the committee as a sign of giving up on the country’s government and people. These assumptions of the committee were met with looks of confusion and then offense. The delegate exclaimed that “we have not given up on Nigeria, but right now, solutions are needed.''
Report by: Anika Chopra, Haaretz
Editor: Eesha Mathur