APC to President Jonathan: Compensate Boko Haram Victims



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AKANDE 600The All Progressives Congressives Congress ,APC has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to reconsider his position not to compensate victims of Boko Haram killing.Interim National Chairman of APC,Chief Bisi Akande made this call in Sokoto today.
According to Akande,“All victims of the Boko Haram insurgency must be compensated without delay. They must be given succour. They must be made to feel that their government cares for them”Akande said, adding,”Compensation cannot bring back the thousands who have been killed. But it can provide succour for the children, parents, brothers, sisters and other family members they left behind.”

“Compensation cannot remove the scars on those who have lost limbs or become blinded due to the effect of gunshots or bombs, but it can help them to restart their lives and to know that they are not alone in their ordeal

“These people cut across religions, ethnicity and gender. They include Christians and Muslims, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba and people of other ethnic groups, as well as men and women, the old and the young.

According to Akande, “President Jonathan must not only ensure that the victims of Boko Haram insurgency are compensated, he must strengthen his resolve to ensure that Nigerians are well protected and catered for, irrespective of where they reside in the country.”
His Address:
Courtesies…….
Our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), disagrees with President Goodluck Jonathan’s stand that the Federal GoverNment will not compensate the victims of the Boko Haram killings dating back to 2009, when the ongoing mindless and callous killings started.

This is because such a decision, if upheld, will amount to double failure on the part of the Federal Government and double jeopardy for the victims.

In the first instance, the killings and maiming have occurred because the Federal Government failed in its most important task of ensuring the security of lives and property.

Secondly, the same government that failed to live up to the main reason for its existence, which is the security and welfare of the citizenry, is now failing to provide succour for the victims of its own failure.

This constitutes double irresponsibility on the part of the government, and double jeopardy for the thousands of victims who have been killed and wounded by the insurgents.

After the people were victimized by Boko Haram, they are now being victimized by their government. This is unacceptable, and President Jonathan must have a rethink.

The APC believes that the issue of compensation for victims of Boko Haram should not be subject to any debate.

All victims of the Boko Haram insurgency must be compensated without delay. They must be given succour. They must be made to feel that their government cares for them.

Compensation cannot bring back the thousands who have been killed. But it can provide succour for the children, parents, brothers, sisters and other family members they left behind.

Compensation cannot remove the scars on those who have lost limbs or become blinded due to the effect of gunshots or bombs, but it can help them to restart their lives and to know that they are not alone in their ordeal

These people cut across religions, ethnicity and gender. They include Christians
and Muslims, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba and people of other ethnic groups, as well as men and women, the old and the young.

President Jonathan must not only ensure that the victims of Boko Haram insurgency
are compensated, he must strengthen his resolve to ensure that Nigerians are well protected and catered for, irrespective of where they reside in the country.

This is the meaning of governance!
Chief Bisi Akande
Interim National Chairman
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Sokoto, Nov 6, 2013


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