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Nigeria is turning into IDP Camps – IMC Communiqué

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Nigeria will turn into Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, if nothing is done urgently to address the insecurity situations, considering the high increase in number of widows and orphans occasioned as a result of security challenges.

This observation was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a Monthly Forum with Media on Peace Journalism in Kaduna State on Thursday.

Communiqué, at the monthly forum organized by Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) and signed by co-executive Directors, Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye and Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, also expressed dismay over the worsening kidnapping in the country, which has resorted to killings of the victims over the ‘delays’ of paying ransom by either the government or parents. 

“The Forum observed that, if nothing is done about insecurity, Nigeria will be turned into IDP camps, considering the high increase of more Widows and Orphans.” 

They further appealed for governments across the country to help in addressing students and pupils to be given psycho-socio counseling, so as to help in tackling the challenges of the experience faced during their various predicaments.

They pleaded with the governments at both State and National levels on the need of providing them with better military and modern equipments so as to drastically continue to fight against the insurgency and banditry in the country. 

They described the information received on the increase in tuition fees in some of the higher institutions, particularly in Kaduna State, as a “threat to Western education,” and urged the State Government to have a re-think, “considering the fact that failure to  do that, the state will have a setback on our educational enrollment.”

They noted that women play vital roles in promoting peaceful coexistence and unity at the family and community levels.

The event, which is usually organized by IMC on the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP), was attended by coordinators from Kogi, Plateau, Kano, Katsina, Benue under the CIPP program in attendance. It was also attended by District Head (Hakimi) of Kufana, Titus Daudu. 

Earlier, participants called for more action from the government, especially through massive recruitment, recognized civilian joint task force like the hunters, “who will assist the security in the fight against insecurity in the country.” 

The forum urged some State Governors and other public figures to stop utterances that can easily provoke the kidnappers to maltreat or even kill victims in their captivity. 

They lamented over the proliferation of small and light arms in the hands of civilians as well as decried over farmers/pastoralists’ clashes, especially in Benue State and other parts of the country. 

On the issue of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, the Forum called on Nigerians not to use it as a religious and political undertone to escalate tension in the country, but to allow due process to prevail on the matter.

According to the Forum, unemployment in the country has led to many being recruited, most especially among the youths that take active role to perpetrate heinous crimes.

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