Boko Haram: Victims Urge Fairness In Sharing Of Relief Materials

SOME victims of the Boko Haram insurgency have called on the Federal Government to intervene and ensure thorough supervision in the sharing of relief materials to affected people.

The representatives of the victims from seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) that were affected in Adamawa by the Northeast crisis expressed displeasure at the way relief materials were mostly diverted to palace of traditional rulers.

Reverend Paul Alhamdu, Chairman of the group that represented Mubi South Local Government Area, alleged that the materials were usually shared in discriminatory manners and not in favour of the victims.

According to Alhamdu, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) brought some relief materials on March. 31, 2015 to Mubi North and South Local Government Areas and our people did not benefit from the items.

“We feel neglected by our leaders at every level. The primary responsibility of the government was to compensate us, but we are not being catered for effectively.

“Panels have been set up, many groups have asked for details and statistics of losses; we have seen reports of findings into our situations but we are yet to see the implementation of these findings.

“We have examined our situation realistically; it has been hope for too long because we are yet to receive any major assistance,” he said.

Also expressing the same views, Rev. Saul Danzaria, Vice Chairman of the group, said that Shekau, who is also known as the Boko Haram leader, targets mostly worship, education and livelihood centres.

Danzaria said that victims have been called upon to go back to their communities and continue with life as safety and normalcy were guaranteed but they still cannot return.

“Even though we have heard that the government is investing heavily on restoring peace in the North East, we advise that they should exercise patience to see how effective it has been.

“We are continually called upon to go back as safety is assured yet we still feel very unsafe as we cannot go to our farms; those who have tried were killed in cold blood.

“We all desperately want to return to our homes and pick up pieces of our lives, but we are afraid. The places are still in ruins.

“We do not have the means to rebuild our homes as we still largely depended on the goodwill of people to survive daily,’’ Danzaria said.

Rev Sabastien Handre, a member, called on the government to provide adequate securities, especially in the rural areas.

Handre added that there were still some silent attacks that were not reported to the general public.

“I call on the government at all levels to provide adequate security to the rural areas in the North east.

“We must ensure that every threat or suspicion is given prompt attention and treated with every sense of responsibility.” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seven affected LGAs in Adamawa out of 21 LGAs includes: Maiha, Madagali, Michika, Mubi South, Mubi North, Hong and Gombi.

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