The Mission Africa Internation, a United States-based non-profit organization, Tuesday, asked the federal government to be more proactive in addressing the humanitarian needs of the internally displaced persons in Benue State.
Pastor Oluwasayo Ajiboye, president of the organization, stated this during a visit to Governor Samuel Ortom in Makurdi. The group had earlier visited some of the IDP camps.
The clergyman bemoaned the situations of the camps, especially conditions of children, with little or no assistance from the federal government. According to him, the refugees need good shelter, food, medical services and other necessities.
It was against humanity for the federal government to abandon the IDPs in Benue while at the same time spending billions of naira to take care of those in Borno and other parts of Northern Nigeria, he said.
Pastor Ajiboye said his organization would provide quality education to the children. He appealed to organisations to redouble their efforts in assisting the IDPs.
He commended Governor Samuel Ortom for consistently reaching out to the global community with the right information about what was happening in Benue.
Governor Ortom told the delegation that since 2016 when the internally
displaced persons started living at the camps, the federal government had done little to assist them as it was doing to states in the core North.
He appealed to the government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and the National Emergency Management Agency to do more in providing for the IDPs who he said were going through difficult times.
He also called on security agencies to disarm the Fulani herdsmen who he said were carrying sophisticated weapons and attacking communities around the country.