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Published On: Wed, Jul 9th, 2014

APC chieftain urges FG to establish refugee camps in N/east

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Bibi Lawal, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain yesterday appealed to the Federal Government to establish three Refugee Camps to alleviate the sufferings of displaced people in the Northeast.

Lawal, the APC National Vice-Chairman, Northeast, made the call at a news briefing at the end of the meeting of the Northeast Caucus of the party in Abuja.

He expressed concern over the deteriorating socio-political and security situation in the region.

He stressed the need for the government to intensify efforts at improving the welfare and safety of communities affected by the worsening security challenges in the Northeast.

He said the plan by the Federal Government to establish one refugee camp in Gombe State for the region was not feasible, adding that one camp would not accommodate the number of displaced citizens in the area.

“ One refugee camp cannot be enough for the many displaced people in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states,’’ he said.

The APC chieftain also urged the government to intensify its operational strategy to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls and other abducted women in the region.

He criticised the plan by Adamawa lawmakers to impeach Gov. Murtala Nyako and described the process as `a breach of constitution.’

He warned that the attempt to impeach the governor could heighten tension in the state.

“We condemn in totality the breach of the constitution in the impeachment process against Adamawa state governor which will have negative consequences on the state, “ he said.

Lawal appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to order the re-opening of Maiduguri International Airport to allow citizens travel freely by any means of their choice. (NAN)


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