Widows and other victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State have berated the Federal Government for granting amnesty to terrorists at the exp
Widows and other victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State have berated the Federal Government for granting amnesty to terrorists at the expense of the internally displaced persons. The IDPs stated this in a report published on the BBC Hausa Service website.
They lamented that government, which is spending huge resources on the insurgents, had not paid adequate attention to widows, orphans and other victims of Boko Haram’s attacks. Some of the victims faulted the amnesty granted the insurgents and insisted that they should be prosecuted.
A few weeks ago, the Federal Government said 603 repentant Boko Haram insurgents, who had completed the de-radicalisation programme would be reintegrated into communities.
A widowed mother of four said her husband was killed in her presence by Boko Haram members, some of whom, she said were being taken care of by government. The woman (unnamed) stated, “I have not received any assistance. I am left with four children. The kind of life we live now is some days we eat, some other days we have nothing to eat and then you (government) say ‘Boko Haram fighters have repented,’ and you take care of them.
“What about us who have spent six years in the (IDP) camp. We are not taken care of. Only those who came from the bush, looking for amnesty are the ones being taken care of. Honestly, the government has not been just on this issue because I don’t get money to feed my children until I go and wash (clothes/dishes) for people. They drove us out of our homes. Are these the people we are going to live with as if nothing happened? I am sad govt is releasing insurgents who killed my husband, abducted my daughter.”