Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime of treating them as worthless, calling on the government to look after them like repentant Boko Haram terrorists and Niger Delta militants.
Luka Yathuma, IDPs secretary at the Kuchigoro Camp, Abuja, pleaded with Mr Buhari’s regime to rehabilitate the displaced as it did ex-Boko Haram terrorists and Niger Delta militants.
On Sunday, Mr Yathuma said such a gesture would go a long way in enhancing the living standards of IDPs and give them a sense of belonging.
“We are law-abiding citizens of the country who don’t want to cause any harm to anyone. The people that put us in this condition are rehabilitated, trained in skill acquisition, and after that, they are empowered,” he pointed out. “Those of them that want to go to school are being given scholarships to go to school. But what about their victims that are dropping out of school because of the condition they found themselves in?”
He reiterated that while it was not wrong for the federal government to rehabilitate those who took up arms against the country, it was even more important to care for Nigerians who have been law-abiding.