The Civil Society Organisation, operating in the northeast, Nigeria has faulted the Federal Government over the protest by 19,600 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs living in Gubio road IDP Camp in Borno State.
The CSO observed that, both Federal and State Government of Nigeria have no reason to allow it’s citizens to starve to death while waiting for World Food program to deliver food to it’s citizenry. Adding that, it is not a right for WFP to provide food to the IDPs but a privilege.
Speaking on the protest, Amb. Ahmed Shehu, leader of the CSO said that, “The Humanitarian agencies and international communities’ role is complimentary. If the federal government can remember to send food aid worth Billions to Sierra Leone and neglect its citizenry, then we are yet to see the change we voted for.”
According to him, the intervention of the UN agency – World Food Programme to supply food for over 19,600 should not be an issue of shifting blame as NEMA and SEMA, which are agencies of both the federal and state government did to distance themselves from issues of food supply to displaced persons.
He said, “Although violent protest in whatever form is not justifiable, their grievances were informed by the popular saying that ”the hungry man is an angry man.”
“On arrival at the IDP Camp, we met a tensed situation, however, the securities within the camp premises were able to calm the situation after about 5 Jeep’s windscreen belonging to an international Organisation distributing foods in the camp( IMC) were vandalised by the IDPs.
“The Civil society organisation had a focus group discussion with the leaderships of the IDPs in the camp and their concerns was that, there were no supply of food in the camp for the past 25 days and there was reduction of the ration of food being provided to them.
“They personally contacted the office of the president federal Republic of Nigeria, and discussed with one of his senior aide who refused to agree with their complain citing that, there is enough food supplies in the country provided by the federal government to feed every IDPs in the country.
” Imagine IDPs starving for 26 days without food and going to the last resort and getting such an answer from somebody who should give them a solution. If there is enough food for IDPs, why was it not supplied to them?We as voices of the people would continue to pursue the cause of the people until the right thing is done. But we condemn violence or any protest that result to such act of violence.”
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