Africa

Nigerian governor apologizes to UN over aid criticism

The governor of Nigeria's embattled Borno state has apologized to the United Nations, saying his accusations that aid agencies are profiting from funds for people fleeing Boko Haram were aimed at local charities.

Gov. Kashim Shettima also said his comments were misrepresented by journalists. He spoke Thursday, a day after he declared that aid agencies that weren't helping in the crisis should leave the country.

Shettima at first said only eight of 126 aid agencies were doing good work, including the U.N. World Food Program and Population Fund. But he criticized the U.N. children's agency, among others.

Now the governor says that "honestly, from the bottom of my heart we are grateful to the United Nations for all it has been doing toward rehabilitation and resettlement of our displaced people."