Abuja - Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has appealed to financially able Nigerians to complement the efforts of the government by assisting thousands of locals displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said with over 2 million people displaced, mostly in the North-east, the scale of the crisis was enormous and far beyond what the government alone could handle.
He bemoaned the dire conditions at camps housing thousands of internally displaced people across the country, particularly in Bama, one of the most affected towns in Borno State, which is the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.
“This is why I am appealing to Nigerians to assist in whatever form. We are aware that some individuals and groups have already taken it upon themselves to provide succour to the IDPs by digging boreholes, providing clothing, bedding, medicines, foodstuffs and other things needed to alleviate their suffering,” said Mohammed.
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Mohammed said the situation at the camps was particularly daunting for women and children, as well as old men and women.
These are the usual victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.
He highlighted on its part, the Federal Government had in place a Victims Support Fund for those affected by the war.
He pointed out the Borno State Government had established a Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement to spearhead massive reconstruction works so the IDPs could gradually return to their homes, while the military has taken on the humanitarian burden alongside its already enormous challenge of winning the war and the peace.
In addition, the National Emergency Management Agency is collaborating with the states in the North-east, the UN system, the Red Cross and the faith-based organizations to provide temporary shelters and care for the IDPs.
“Yet the situation in the camps remains very difficult. We need to act now,” Mohammed said.
- CAJ News