Food for refugees used to buy Nigeria votes

Nigeria elections

Nigeria elections

from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) NIGERIAN police have brutally dispersed refugees protesting against failure by corrupt authorities to provide them with food.

It has emerged politicians had diverted the food meant for refugees,
displaced by Boko Haram, for use as a campaign tool ahead of general elections set for next weekend.

This latest violation adds to the diversion and illegal sale of food aid
items in the markets by unscrupulous personnel.

“This is evil at its best, reprehensible and unacceptable to all men and women of conscience,” said MuhammedSani Zorro, spokesperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Refugees and North East Initiative.

Zorro urged the government to urgently ensure the immediate supply of relief aid and punish the perpetrators and beneficiaries of the crime.

“As part of its oversight functions, the committee is willing and ready to share vital information capable of fishing out the culprits no matter how highly placed,” he said.

His sentiments come after IDPs at Teachers Village camp in the
northeastern town of Maiduguri staging a protest.

The parliamentary committee denounced the use of teargas to disperse them.

Boko Haram, an Islamist sect, has displaced most of these IDPs from their homes during a decade-long reign of terror.

In addition to the 30 000 people killed, the banditry has forced over 2 million people to flee their homes.

– C AJ News

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