The Senate last week voted N10 billion for the care and resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in Nigeria’s troubled North East and other parts of the country.
This was sequel to a motion championed by Senator Ali Ndume, who represents Borno South Senatorial District in the prestigious Red Chamber of the National Assembly. Ndume also called for the release of grains from the Strategic Grains Reserve to help in feeding the displaced persons and also the repatriation of Nigerians who fled to Chad, Niger and Cameroon for inclusion in the rehabilitation plan.
We want to add our voice, once again, to efforts to bring more hands on deck in dealing with the protracted issue of IDP’s care and rehabilitation as the various state governments, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross have stretched their resources and efforts to the limit. We must all be involved in reducing the suffering of these citizens driven off their homes by the Boko Haram Islamist terrorists and (for the IDP’s of the North Central areas) rampaging armed Fulani cattle herders. Read more