The fight against boko haram is not over yet – Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara,
on Saturday, criticised the federal government for failing to play its
role in providing succour to internally displaced persons, IDPs, and
leaving them to charitable acts from faith-based and non-
governmental organisations.
Dogara also said that government has not put in place structures
of rehabilitation needed for the IDPs to return to their various
homes.
Dogara’s special adviser on media and public affairs, Turaki
Hassan, in a statement made available to newsmen stated,
“Dogara said this when he paid a visit to Karmajiji IDPs camp in
Abuja, where he flagged off medical outreach for over 2000 people
in the camp.”
The Speaker, therefore, called for an integration of IDPs into
neigbouring communities as it has become apparent that
structures needed to be put in place for them to return to their
various homes have not been put in place.
According to the statement, “Dogara flayed government agencies
for failing to play their roles in providing succor for the internally
displaced persons and leaving them at the mercy of faith-based
and non-governmental organisations.
“He noted that though the appropriate thing would be to return
them to their communities, they cannot be left on their own
because the war on terrorism has not totally been won, which puts
their lives at risk in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.
“It is turning out to be a long stay, I don’t know how we will
approach this, whether this act of intervention on the part of the
N.G.Os and faith-based organisations will be enough, or whether
government should look for other means by which we can
integrate the IDPs as against rushing them back to their
communities where they could be displaced again.
“So that is the task that we all must set our minds to accomplish.
We need to integrate them if we cannot send them back to their
communities in the nearest possible time. That effort must be
made by government, not even N.G.Os, N.G.Os can support and
faith-based organisations can also support, but the government
must stand up and be counted.”
The Speaker further expressed dismay at the appalling condition in
which IDPs live in the camps, even though they are in the FCT,
saying that should not be the case in Nigeria.

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3 Comments

  1. Good update

  2. Ok

  3. Hmm

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