Africa

Nigerian governor: Aid agencies misusing refugee funds

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, speaks during an interview at the Government House in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from funds meant to help refugees from Boko Haram's Islamic uprising and should leave Nigeria, the governor of the country's embattled northeastern state of Borno said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)

    FILE- In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, speaks during an interview at the Government House in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from funds meant to help refugees from Boko Haram's Islamic uprising and should leave Nigeria, the governor of the country's embattled northeastern state of Borno said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, file photo, a health official from Unicef administers a polio vaccine to a child at a camp for people displaced by Islamist extremists in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from funds meant to help refugees from Boko Haram's Islamic uprising and should leave Nigeria, the governor of the country's embattled northeastern state of Borno said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

    FILE- In this Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, file photo, a health official from Unicef administers a polio vaccine to a child at a camp for people displaced by Islamist extremists in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from funds meant to help refugees from Boko Haram's Islamic uprising and should leave Nigeria, the governor of the country's embattled northeastern state of Borno said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, people displaced by Islamist extremists fetch water at the Muna camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from funds meant to help refugees from Boko Haram's Islamic uprising and should leave Nigeria, the governor of the country's embattled northeastern state of Borno said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

    FILE- In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, people displaced by Islamist extremists fetch water at the Muna camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from funds meant to help refugees from Boko Haram's Islamic uprising and should leave Nigeria, the governor of the country's embattled northeastern state of Borno said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)  (The Associated Press)

The governor of Nigeria's embattled northeastern Borno state accuses aid agencies including UNICEF of profiting from funds meant to help refugees from Boko Haram. He says they should leave the country.

The criticism follows Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's charges that the United Nations and private agencies are exaggerating a massive humanitarian crisis created by the northeastern Islamic uprising to boost funding.

For months, children and others have been dying of starvation there. The United Nations in December launched an appeal for $1 billion, warning tens of thousands of children will die this year without critically needed aid.

Gov. Kashim Shettima said Tuesday that only eight of 126 registered agencies "are actually providing humanitarian services." He charged the rest are "using the name of Borno to make money, and enriching themselves."