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Pwajok ties IDPs’ welfare to ending insurgency


SENATOR Gyang Pwajok believes that the best way to address the plight of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country is to eliminate insurgency. 

   Pwajok, who is also the Plateau State standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), spoke at the weekend when he visited the IDPs at the EYN Church in Jos. Apparently touched by their plight, he said that past experiences required that people should come together, no matter their differences, to fight their common enemy.

   Nevertheless, he expressed happiness that the Nigerian military, alongside the neighbouring nations’ forces, have carried the battle to the doorsteps of Boko Haram terrorists. He noted, however, that the battle is not just for a particular section of the country “but our survival that is at stake and we should tolerate one another to be able to forge ahead.”

   The governorship candidate urged citizens to pray God to grant the security forces the wisdom and ability to fight insurgency, while he thanked the Federal Government for working relentlessly towards finding solutions to the security challenges and its timely response to the displaced persons.

   Welcoming Pwajok, the Executive Director of Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiative (CEPI), Dr. Rebecca Dali, said the displaced persons need more intervention to lessen their trauma.

   According to her, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has greater challenges in the issue of IPDs, stating: “I have in my record more than 403,000 displaced persons. Last week, we recorded 304,000 in Yola. They called me, stating that more than 100,000 new internally displaced persons had come to add to the numbers.”

   She said that the organization was looking up to philanthropists and well meaning Nigerians lessening the suffering of the citizens who have now become victims of insurgency.

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