A Plea For The IDPs
"To Deny People Their Human Rights Is To Challenge Their Very Humanity." - Nelson Mandela
One of the heavy demerits of the Bokoharam insurgency in the North East, is that the Nigerian government is still expected to fully attend to the affairs of her citizens who are caught up and displaced in the carnage. And since our country is a signatory to several treatise that recognise and reaffirm the sanctity of human life vis a vis the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), during periods of hostility, it is important that we beam our search lights on the state of things at the IDP camps in Nigeria, using Abuja as a case study. Surprised?
In the heart of Abuja, we located four IDPs namely: Lugbe, Area One, New Kuchingoro and Kuje. New Kuchingoro is in a complete sorry state. They have lost 9 lives including children to common cold et al, as of the last count. Everything is in total disarray. This Writer was on ground to witness the 'other' side of life. This is one of the reasons why I feel very sorry for those who are calling for war in Nigeria. If you see what I saw, then you won't ever chant secession ever again.
5:30 am, October 23, 2015, I and my work partner, Blessing Fubara, embarked on a historical journey in search for IDP camps in Abuja. As Corporate Sustainability Development Strategists, our research tentacles were titillated by this report from Vanguard News: http:/ www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/abuja-area-one-idps-camp-a-place-of-tears-uncertainty.
To cut the very long story short, the sorry state of the IDP camps in Abuja and Nigeria at large, requires professional attention. The Federal Government of Nigeria is advised to seek the aide of people who can serve humanity in this regard.
The onus is now on the newly appointed Ministers of Interior and the FCT respectively, to think outside the box in order to implement the non-violation of the rights and privileges of those who were displaced due to no fault of theirs, but because of the barbaric onslaught of mindless insurgents and the government's week response to mandatory humanitarian services.
Solomon Okocha is the Spokesman of The Patriots Alliance.