Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, has restated the commitment of the commission to address the challenges of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, just as he called on government and other stakeholders to take the issue of IDPs more seriously.
Prof. Angwe stated this when the Coordinator and Directors of Kartu Library Foundation, an NGO, with the president and members of Children’s Government of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
Represented by his Senior Special Assistant, Mr. Lambert Oparah, the executive secretary told the visitors that the commission has issues of women and children as one of its cardinal thematic areas of focus and would go an extra-mile to protect their rights.
He said the commission was partnering with other stakeholders like the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and UNHCR to ensure that victims of terrorism are taken care of, just as he commended the President of the Children’s Government, Miss Zainab Mohammed, and her executive for their concern about the condition of IDPs.
Angwe also thanked Kartu Library Foundation and executive members of the children’s government for making him an ambassador, even as he assured them of an enduring partnership that would ameliorate the condition of IDPs, especially in the North-East.
In his remarks, the Coordinator of Kartu Foundation, Mr. Patrick Ikpeme, noted that there are about 300,000 children in various IDP camps in Nigeria and that there was need for families to take steps towards adopting these children.
He regretted that the situation was so bad that over 100 children in some of the camps could not be identified, a situation which signals danger for the society.
Earlier, Miss Mohammed stated that there is need for everybody to show commitment to the plight of children in IDP camps, adding that providing them with food, medical care and education should be the priority of all stakeholders.
“If we flood our cities with these children, our homes will become shopping centres and they will hack down anybody who tries to resist them because that is the life they lived and know, a life of violence, death and destruction,” she said.