Igbo group urges FG to pay compensation to victims of Boko Haram

By The Citizen

An Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ndigbo Unity Forum, has condemned the Presidential Committee on Boko Haram over its decision not to pay compensation to victims of the insurgency.

The group, according to a press release, jointly signed by the President, Augustine Chukwudum and Director, Planning and Research, Ugochukwu Obinka, said family members of dead victims of the Boko Haram attacks should get compensation as a way of healing the wounds inflicted on them by the sect.

'The NUF is of the opinion that victims of the Boko Haram violence must be fully compensated. If possible, the families of the diseased should be paid a 25-year income. And for children who lost their parents, efforts should be made to comfort and take proper care of them. It is unfortunate that the committee is gravely insensitive to the plight of the victims that have been blown apart through no fault of theirs.'

While urging the Federal Government to ensure the safety of security of lives and property of the citizenry by putting in place measures that will guarantee that violent groups like the Boko Haram don't get a foothold anywhere in the country, the NUF called on President Goodluck Jonathan to disregard the report of the committee, hold a mass burial ceremony for the victims and commence an orientation programme to sensitise Nigerians on the evil of terrorism.