Adamawa IDPs berate Federal government, INEC over exclusion from election
UN seeks sustained support for displaced persons in Northeast
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Malkhoi, Adamawa State yesterday protested against their exclusion from the 2019 elections due to failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register them.
As a result, the sensitisation and voter education programme for their inclusion in the 2019 general elections almost turned violent at the Malkhoi IDPs camp. The programme, funded by the Federal Republic of Germany in collaboration with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), also campaigned against election violence during and after elections.
Trouble started at the Malkhoi camp along Army Barracks road in Yola when the women leader of the camp, Mrs. Fatima Hassan, said the Muhammadu Buhari government was being insensitive to the victims of insurgents.She told the foreign and Nigerian guests that they have been totally excluded from participating in the 2019 general elections, pointing out that INEC did not register them for reasons best know to the commission.
Hassan added that with their exclusion from the polls, the credibility of the exercise has already been put to question and that government must take decisive steps to ensure that the IDPs participated in the elections.
Responding, Abaja Avemi, who called on the Almighty God to sanction the Buhari-led government for denying IDPs their constitutional rights to choose their leaders, said their ancestors would not forgive the Buhari administration if it fails to give them opportunity to vote at the polls.
Speaking, INEC’s Head of Public Affairs in Adamawa State, Mrs. Rifkatu Maxwell Duku, blamed the exclusion of the IDPs from registration to the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA).She pointed out that it was NEMA’s responsibility to make arrangements for INEC to register IDPs without interfering with their operations.
Responding, Malkhoi camp coordinator for NEMA, Nicolas Samuel, blamed INEC for the lapse, saying it was the commission’s constitutional responsibility to register all eligible Nigerians.
While addressing the IDPs, representative of the German Embassy, Dominique Weerts, said the objective of the sensitisation programme was to reinforce democracy in the world.Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) has called for support for millions of civilians in the Northeast and Lake Chad region due to upsurge of violence there.
The UN and its partners, the Federal Government and governments of countries hosting Nigerian refugees launched the 2019-2021 Humanitarian Response Strategy (HRS) and Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP).They are seeking $848 million and $135 million to continue to provide food, water, shelter and protection to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Speaking, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon noted, “We must sustain the efforts made in the past years to ensure that aid reaches those who need it most.
“The decade-long conflict has brought immense suffering upon children, women, men, their families and communities. We have saved millions of lives, and as we strive to provide immediate response to new and existing humanitarian needs, we must also focus on addressing the causes of sufferings.”
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