The UN World Food Programme has warned about millions of people who are at risk of losing their lives from starvation in the militant-infested northeastern region of Nigeria.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.

The WTF warned on Friday that Boko Haram terrorists are obstructing efforts to deliver food to the region.

According to Ertharin Cousin, the WFP executive director, there are areas unreachable to the UN.

“The challenge is that there are areas in Borno state, in particular, that are still inaccessible, and we have no idea of the food security situation,” she said.

Cousin noted that an estimated 4.4 million people are in need of food in ther northeast.

She went on to say that even in the northeast areas that are held and defended by the army, Boko Haram’s strikes were jeopardizing aid programs.

Ending the insurgency will require a political as well as a military solution, she emphasized.

“Until we resolve those issues the humanitarian situation will not improve to a level that allows us to reach all of those in need.”