BY NKIRUKA NNOROM
Igbo youths have condemned chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution on Security Challenges in the North, Tanimu Turaki, over his comment that there would be no compensation for victims of Boko Haram insurgency, describing it as divisive justice.
The youths, speaking under the aegis of Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, said the Turaki Committee had failed in its duties by taking such position when it ought to have computed the figures of victims, living and dead, and made suggestions for appropriate compensation.
In a statement signed by the National President, Comrade Francis Oji, and two others, the group called for immediate compilation of the figures of victims of Boko Haram as well as their losses by a Federal Government appointed team to reconcile the degree of their losses and determine reparation.
According to the group, compensation is akin to healing and placating the wronged for a new lease of life to quell likelihood of reprisal attacks.
The group stated: “The idea of denying the civilian-victims of the Boko Haram terrorism compensation and turning around to approve compensation for only the military personnel remains condemnable because there is no one death and loss that is cheap.
“There is no other way that the direct victims and relatives of the victims of Boko Haram terrorism could be sympathised with other than ameliorating their sufferings and loss. To say that benefits should be for the military personnel, who lost their lives while on duty fighting Boko Haram insurgency is both segregation and divisive justice.
“More condemnable is that Taminu Turaki could, through his committee, be seen canvassing amnesty for the nefarious Boko Haram terrorists and be denying same to their innocent victims.