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Published On: Sun, Sep 28th, 2014

Insurgency: 3.3m Nigerians internally displaced – Report

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Nigerians internally displacedFrom Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The 2014 report of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and Norwegian Refugee Council has said that no fewer than 3.3 million Nigerians are internally displaced, occasioned by insurgent activities in the country.

The report said the figure account for 10 percent of the 33 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) all over the world, a situation the report describes as worrisome and requires urgent attention.

This revelation was contained in a text of a press conference, which according to the group, is about the ‘deteriorating state of insecurity and humanitarian crisis in Nigeria, caused by the failure of

leadership and the abuse of our politics.’

The  report, with theme: “Nigeria, A Country In Crisis”,  presented  by a group, known as #Nigeria Unite, and a copy of the text made available to newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend, by a northern youth group known as Arewa Citizens Action for Change (ACAC) .

The report, jointly signed by Rev Peter Ichull, Olarewaju Suraju, Mariya Ibrahim Baba and Gloria A Kilanko, stated  that “Firstly, the enormous humanitarian crisis of IDPs and other victims of the violent insurgency in Nigeria need international support and assistance.

“This situation is entirely as a result of the activities of the three versions of Boko Haram.  Since May, the situation had deteriorated precipitously with hundreds of thousands more refugees wandering into the neighbouring countries of Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

“Secondly, if liberal democracy which enables free, fair, credible and non-violent elections fails in 2015, such failure will likely endanger the unity and survival of Nigeria as we know it today. We do not care

who wins any election, but we must let Nigerians themselves decide.

“Thirdly, Nigerians are increasingly being militarised and divided along ethnic, religious and sectional lines. Fourthly, the current leadership lacks the capacity, morality, sincerity and political will

to investigate and prosecute alleged sponsors of Boko Haram.

“We appeal for understanding and help from the international community for Nigeria to survive. The international community must, as a matter of urgency investigate, with all available international mechanisms, the recent attempts by some private Nigerians to launder money and purchase arms from South Africa under the cover of government.

“We appeal to the United Nations, the United States and the international community as a whole to take the insecurity situation in Nigeria seriously.

“In addition, the international community should be concerned with the corruption, money laundering and the humanitarian tragedy that has been allowed to fester in the country”, the group stated.

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