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Rights group concerned at Northeast terror

16 September 2014, 07:52Augustine Osayande

Abuja -The African Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Services (ACHR &HS) has called on the federal government to step up the fight against  the Boko Haram insurgency pervading the Northeastern region of the country.

According to the group, the crisis had led to mass rural-urban migration in the affected states.

The organisation said many of the towns and villages in Borno State were now deserted due to attacks which had left many fleeing into Maiduguri weighing down available infrastructure.

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Chairman of the group, Saina Buba, lamented that recent happenings in the northeast, which had aggravated human right abuses, mass poverty, starvation, breakdown of unity among families, breakdown of law and order, extra-judicial killings and total displacement of families.

Buba wondered why the committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan that had so far collected over N60 billion meant to fight terror was yet to visit Borno even as many families had been uprooted from their homes.

“Some of the problems afflicting our people are directly attributable to terrorists while others by bad government measures. The reign of terror in the northeast has negatively impacted on agriculture and right of feeding," said Buba.

"In fact, we are now facing food emergency. Our people are not even asking for good roads, electricity or a befitting house to live in. They are only asking for right to life and live in their villages but from all indications, these simple rights are no longer possible,” he added.

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He said until the federal government equip Nigerian forces and motivate them to confront the Boko Haram insurgents in their enclaves, the insurgency would linger.

“Recent happenings suggest strongly that the Civilian Joint Task Force should be trained and mobilized for effective assistance to the military personnel. They should be paid very well so that they would be motivated.”

Thousands of lives have been lost to the Boko Haram crisis with local and international efforts to stop the problem experiencing mixed fortunes.

- CAJ News


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