At a time Nigerians are expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to honour his campaign promises, one of which is to ensure the well being of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, living in the North East, concerns have been raised over the numerous activities perpetriated in the camp.
With the war against Boko Haram, perceived to be largely won, the safety of the IDPs, and their well-being has been a major concern to the Nigerian populace, most especially numerous reports of rape cases, among women and children in various camps in the North East, perpetrated by both officials in the camp and security personnels, an issue that has drew the attention of international agencies such as the Amnesty International.
According to Amnesty International, thousands of human rights violation cases, including rape and torture of both women and children are presently going on in various camps; with the government of the day doing nothing much to address it.
“Rape of women and girls by both the police and security forces, and within their homes and community, is endemic in Nigeria. It persists because the state has failed to tackle discrimination against women or address the entrenched culture of impunity for human rights violations committed by the police and security forces.
“Amnesty International is calling on the Federal and State authorities in Nigeria to urgently address the legal and social systems that tolerate rape and sexual violence on a wide scale.
The organization is recommending actions to give meaningful effect to the international treaties Nigeria has ratified.” The report said.
However, there are news of diversion of relief materials meant for the IDPs, as well theft of supplied foodstuffs in some of the camps; an issue the displaced persons have been crying out for urgent attension.
However, Analysts are of the opinion that little has been done by the Federal Government to improve the situations and as such spell doom to Nigerians living in those camps.
Most unfortunately is when the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Engr. Babachir Lawal, was found to have been involved in allocating contracts to himself, in the tune of N108 million without executing them.
This, according to Politcal Analyst, is part of confirmation of reports of massive fraud pesently ongoing in the various camps which has led to serious humanitarian crises.
TM news, gathered that the supposed negligence of President Buhari on the plight of the displaced persons could be traced to why they have continued to suffer the ill-treatment of rejection, rape and starvation.