IDPs threaten to join Boko Haram, accuse FG of romance with terrorists

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Kuchingworo and Durumi camps in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have threatened to join Boko Haram should Federal government continue to romance with repentant terrorists and ignore them their victims.

They issued the threat at the public presentation of the report ‘Managing Internal Displacement Crisis in Nigeria’ held in Abuja.

One of the IDPs from Kuchingworo camp, who pleaded anonymity accused the federal government of being biased for prioritizing rehabilitation of the repentant Boko Haram and abandoning them to nurse their wounds.

The IDP, who said he lost his father, mother and all his siblings to the blooding tasty Boko Haram before his escape, said IDPs in his camp are not only abandoned but discriminated against by the society, wondering why the government would stop free medical treatment and other provisions made available to them in past only to turn attention to the same Boko Haram that had and still causing the country so much pains.

‘‘I am worried that government would start rehabilitating what they called repentant Boko Haram and abandon us their victims in the IDP camp to suffer hunger and deprivation. If that is how it wants it, we will be compelled to join Boko Haram so that government can pay attention to us.

‘‘I lost my father and all members of my family to Boko Haram before I escaped to this camp and see my life, the government can’t pay attention to me but it can rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram.

‘‘The society is also our problem because they discriminate against us. A German offered to take me abroad, but I was denied visa at German embassy because I am an IDP. Some of us have skills and are hardworking but because we found ourselves in IDP camp, the society treats us as if we are nobody,’’ he lamented.

Apart from the obvious deprivation and hunger in the camp, Yohanna said IDPs in his camp no longer have access to government medical facility as they were made to sell their food items to raise fund for their medical bills.

He warned that most IDPs would be compelled to join Boko Haram if the government does not change its approach and cater for them.

Another IDP from Durumi camp, who also preferred not to be mentioned said most IDPs in the camp had been recruited into drug trafficking because they were vulnerable and neglected by government.

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