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Yobe senator demands terror victims compensation

15 November 2013, 08:46Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Yobe North senator, Ahmed Lawan, demanded that the Federal Government compensated citizens in the three states under emergency rule for losses suffered during the ongoing terror attacks.

The lawmaker also criticized the decision to extend the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe saying such a move would cause huge financial burden that would slow development in the areas.

“The President posture not to compensate the victims of the insurgent but rather assist them was sad as they never inflicted the disaster on themselves,” Lawan said.

Lawan said the extension of the state of emergency in the areas was not justifiable as many lives were lost during the imposition of emergency rule than at any other times during the crisis which has engulfed the regions for more than four years.

He lamented that  resources had been lost by innocent citizens in the series of attacks carried out by the Boko Haram insurgents.

It was reported Yobe had committed the sum of over N7 billion in efforts aimed at ending the insurgency.

“Such huge amounts would have been channeled into meaningful developmental projects if not for the crisis and called to refund the affected states,”
Lawan, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, lamented.

The lawmaker differed with the Senate after it unanimously approved the extension of the emergency rule in the three states.

“More lives were lost during the emergency rule and more schools were attacked during the period than when the emergency rule was not imposed,”
he argued.

He also faulted the composition of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution on Security Challenges in the North arguing that it was operated as a parastatal under the Presidency and lacks credibility in sight of the insurgents.

Lawan argued government should have formed a committee of “reputable”
personalities irrespective of their religious and political affiliations and allow them to operate independently from government.

The senator, who called for meaningful dialogue as a better option of resolving the Boko Haram crisis, gave examples of the insurgency in Colombia, Philippines, and Pakistan among others.

“Progress was made in the said countries through dialogue as long period of fights could not give the desired resolution.”

– CAJ News


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