BOKO HARAM: UN TASKS NIGERIA ON REHABILITATION OF IDPs
A delegation of the United Nations (UN) has warned that the nation risks future crisis if it fails to properly resettle those currently displaced activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The UN delegation, which visited the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja, was led by two Special Rapporteurs of the global organization.
The visiting UN experts were led by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children Prostitution and Child Pornography, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, and her counterpart on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health, Dainius Puras.
They said they were in the country to assess measures which the government had put in place for the rehabilitation and the reintegration of returnee Boko Haram victims in the country.
Speaking on their mission to the country, Boer-Buquicchio, said the delegation would make appropriate recommendations to the Nigerian government after its meetings with relevant government agencies, civil society organisations and individuals at the various Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in the region ravaged by insurgency.
“Without these measures, the future of Nigeria is at risk because this involves women and children who are future of the country and whose attitude to life as full-fledged citizens is important,” Boer-Buquicchio added.
On his part, Puras said the delegation would be assisting Nigeria in tackling the challenges of rehabilitating and reintegrating the returnee IDPS with its “expertise and knowledge” in the areas of provision of “essential healthcare” to victims of the insurgent activities.
He said his team would also assist Nigeria in ensuring that the victims were protected from violence and other crimes.
In his welcome address, Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, commended the international community for the e support rendered to Nigeria shortly after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.
“The display of solidarity by the international community resulted into new efforts being put in place by the Federal Government to address insurgency in the country,” Angwe said.
Angwe, who commended the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for its efforts towards addressing the plights of the returnee victims of Boko Haram activities, lamented the state of abandonment in many IDP camps in the North East.
“Let me inform you that most of the returnees have no home to return to. Most of the returnees’ homes have been destroyed.
“The present administration in Nigeria is putting in place some measures to address these concerns.
“The Federal Government has put in place initiatives to address the problems of the IDPs.”