As the World commemorates this year’s Humanitarian Day, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the United Nations, other international bodies and civil society organisations to remember the over 500, 000 Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in Benue State.
The governor described as significant, the theme of the 2018 World Humanitarian Day which is ‘Not a Target’ and expresses sadness that the people of his state have become targets of armed herdsmen attacks in gross violation of global conventions on the right to life and human dignity.
According to him, “The humanitarian crisis occasioned by armed herdmen attacks in the last eight months have overstretched lean resources of the state.”
Governor Ortom recounts that hundreds of lives have been lost, homes, schools, churches and health centres destroyed with over 180,000 people in eight Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camps and over 500,000 displaced people either living with relatives or in uncompleted buildings across several local government areas of the state.
“Out of the number of those living in the camps, 80,000 have been children forced out of school with over 2,000 pregnant women and 2,766 nursing mothers.”
The governor appreciated humanitarian groups such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR), civil society organisations and the media for their interventions in bringing succour to the IDPs.
While commending the Nigerian military for the ongoing Operation Whirl Stroke in which some soldiers have been casualties, the governor through his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, reassured the people of the state of his administration relentless efforts to see the end of armed herdsmen attacks aimed at conquest and occupation of the Benue Valley.
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