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Boko Haram: US based group presses UN for $30m compensation for victims

ABUJA – A Civil Rights Group based in United States of America, yesterday, disclosed that it had requested from the United Nations, the refund of the $30 millions used by the Nigerian Government to renovate its building in Abuja, to be used as compensation for the victims of Boko Haram.
The Jubilee Campaign Human Rights Group, Washington DC, said it felt that it would be unfair to the victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the country herself to pay for the renovation of the UN building, when the victims were left un-catered for by the country due to lack of resources.
The Representative of the group, Bar. Emmanuel Ogebe, who revealed this during a briefing with newsmen in Abuja, on the plight of the victims and the humanitarian group, added that they had written a letter to the United Nations, through its Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
According to him, the letter dated 6 March, 2014 seeks among other things the refund of the money to be used for compensation of the Boko Haram victims in the country.
Ogebe, who decried the inability of the Federal Government of Nigeria to design a clear cut road map or humanitarian strategies to take care of the victims of the attacks, disclosed that about six millions people had been affected since the killings started in 2009.
According to him, it was so unfortunate that Nigeria has now become a net exporter of refugees to other African countries.
Therefore, it is important, he said, that the federal government should urgently look into the repatriation of Nigerian refugees, which according to him is getting close to 12, 000 in Cameroon with official registration of just 2000 by the Cameroonian government.
Also speaking, the Representative of Voice of Christian Martyrs, a humanitarian group based in Lagos, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel said the situation whereby the victims were left with their predicaments with little or nothing as aids is unheard-off.
He maintained that “it has come to a point that we have to tell the world that Nigeria is on a verge of humanitarian disaster.”
 

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