By DAPO AKINREFON
LAGOS — PAN-YORUBA socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere has faulted statements credited to the chairman of Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution on Security Challenges in the North, Tanimu Turaki, that there would be no compensation for the victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
It called on the Federal Government to compensate victims of the insurgency, at least, by off-setting their medical bills.
Reacting to the statement credited to the chairman of Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution on Security Challenges in the North, Afenifere in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, stressed the need for a data of the victims of the insurgency and said it was imperative for the committee to know the number of victims affected by the insurgency.
“In the first place, Afenifere would like to know how many victims of the insurgency the committee has identified so far for it to come to the conclusion that government lacks the capacity to compensate them.
“Is there a data or just an assumption off the cuff? The question then is how is the committee going to determine the compensation for military personnel and the value to place on their lives? Is one life more important than the other?
“We hold strongly that the position of Turaki is no tenable and quite insensitive to those who have been at the receiving ends of Boko Haram attacks.