Boko Haram: Don’t return IDPs to unsafe territories, Anglican Church tells FG

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THE Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, has called on the Federal Government to exercise caution in its efforts to return the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, home as promised by the first quarter of this year. The cleric, who commended the last year December deadline declared on Boko Haram by the government, however, urged the government and the military not to relent as the terrorist groups might spring surprise to instill fear in the populace. Okoh, who spoke at the opening of the standing committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), in Kubwa, Abuja, implored government to ensure adequate security in those recaptured territories before sending IDPs back to their places to avoid causalities. According to him, “We want to reiterate that fighting terrorism is not a 100m dash but a long cross country race. The government should continue to bear in mind that Boko Haram has the capacity to spring surprises. Government has said that the IDPs will return home in the first quarters of 2016. To ensure that they are not returning to their death, adequate security should be provided before they are taken back home to avoid greater embarrassment for the government.” Okoh maintained that with the way the issue of kidnapping was increasing, government needed to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping before it went out of hands. He said several people, clergymen and traditional rulers had been kidnapped in different states of the federation, adding that “we should not wait until people in government are being kidnapped before we react.”

 

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