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Boko Haram 23,000 killed, 2.15M displaced — Civil Society Network by Mr Nice : 12:1 am On 8 Aug 2016
No fewer than 23,000 Nigerians have been
killed since the outbreak of the Boko Haram
insurgency in the North-eastern part of
Nigeria.
Within the same period, a total of 2.15
million persons have been displaced from
their homes and communities as a result of
the conflagration.
A group, Network of Civil Society
Organisation, NECSO, gave the figure at the
Northeast Humanitarian Summit held
yesterday as part of the activities designed
by the United Nations General Assembly, to
honour those brutally murdered by terrorists
in Bagdad, Iraq, including a UN envoy, Sergio
Vieira De Mello.
The Chairman and Chief Executive of
NESSO, Amb. Ahmed Shehu, said that since
the commencement of the Boko Haram
insurgency in the North-east seven years
ago, it has claimed over 23,000 lives, while
about 2.15 million have been internally
Displaced.
Ambassador Shehu lamented that residents
of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in
particular and the northeast were exposed
to unceasing severe humanitarian crisis,
triggered by insurgency and counter
insurgency operations by the security
agencies.
According to him, such measures have
resulted in deaths, insecurity and human
right violations, exacerbating the plight of
vulnerable civilians and triggering waves of
forced displacement.
Shehu said, “the present security challenges
in Borno have left thousands of families
without homes and loved ones. The
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are not
well taken care of by both national and
international actors, as they are overlooked
in all interventions and do not exist in the
framework and thematic areas of most
interventions.
He said the humanitarian summit is to guide
and support a comprehensive and
coordinated humanitarian effort that is in
concert with the broader response.
"The overall goal is to harness
commitments, support and investment that
is driven by the affected population to
respond to humanitarian crisis and honour
those who lost their lives in humanitarian
services and those who continued to bring
assistance and relief to millions.
The representative of Borno State Governor,
Alhaji Bulama Mali Gubio, explained that the
crisis in Borno state was different from
those in Afghanistan, Somalia and other
parts of the world, as the Boko Haram
terrorists not only kill people but they also
destroy houses, maim, abduct, rape women
and commit other heinous crimes beyond
human imaginations.
He appealed to the international community
to assist in the reconstruction, rehabilitation
and resettlement process, so that the IDPs
will return to their various communities to
pick up the pieces of their lives.
However, the National Human Rights
Commission, NHRC, said last night that it
was investigating reports of human right
abuses in the Northeast and will make its
findings public at the appropriate time.
The Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof
Bem Angwe, while responding to enquiries
by Sunday Vanguard, said that the
commission had not yet seen the NECSO
report detailing human rights abuses in the
northeast.
Prof Angwe said that the commission had
its independent experts monitoring events in
the northeast and would soon make its
finding known.
It will be recalled that Amnesty International
had recently accused the security agencies
for unbridled human rights abuses in the
region, a claim the Defence headquarters
dismissed as untenable.
Recently, a statement from the Acting
Director of Defence Information, Brigadier
General Rabe Abubakar said, “These
accusations come as a surprise and shock
because human rights bodies have accessed
our military facilities and made
recommendations which were implemented.
It is rather unfortunate that these
organisations would come around release
reports that are completely baseless,
unfounded and source-less with the intent
of denting the image of the Nigerian Armed
Forces. We will not be deterred by these
reports, but would remain committed to the
task we have started against the Boko
Haram terrorists until they are annihilated.
The Nigerian Armed Forces uphold the
tenets of observance of human rights and
dignity of lives of innocent individuals as
enshrined in the Conventions and Charters
of the United Nation which Nigeria is a
signatory". www.vanguardngr.com/2016/08/boko-haram-23000-killed-2-15m-displaced-civil-society-network/

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