Buhari Orders Action On Hrw’s Report On Abuse Of Displaced Girls, Women

Source: thewillnigeria.com

BEVERLY HILLS, October 31, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed worry and shock by the recently released Human Rights Watch, HRW, report which alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in camps for persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

THEWILL had reported the Human Rights Watch, HRW, as accusing government officials and other authorities in Nigeria of raping and sexually exploiting internally displaced women and girls , with the rights group adding that government was not doing enough to protect displaced women and girls and ensure that they have access to basic rights and services.

Buhari, who reacted to the report in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, instructed the Inspector General of Police and the state governors of the affected states to immediately commence investigations into the issue, stating that their findings will determine the next course of action for the government and define an appropriate response.

According to him, “The welfare of these most vulnerable of Nigerian citizens has been a priority of his government. Nigerians and the international community can rest assured that the allegations raised in the HRW are not being taken lightly.

“While the Nigerian military continues to work hard so that these unfortunate victims of Boko Haram terrorism can soon return safely to their homes, the government will do its best to ensure their protection and welfare in the temporary IDP camps.”