The All Progressives Congress has disagreed with President Goodluck
Jonathan's position that the Federal Government will not compensate
the victims of the Boko Haram killings, which started in 2009.
The party said if the decision was upheld, it would amount to double
failure on the part of the Federal Government and double jeopardy for
A statement by the Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi
Akande in Abuja on Wednesday, contained the party's position.
Akande said in the first instance, the killings and maiming occurred
because the Federal Government failed in its most important task of
ensuring the security of lives and property.
He added that the same government that failed to live up to the main
reason for its existence, which he said was the security and welfare
of the citizenry, had now failed to provide succour for the victims of
its own failure.
He said, "This constitutes double irresponsibility on the part of the
government, and double jeopardy for the thousands of victims, who have
been killed and wounded by the insurgents.
"After the people were victimised by Boko Haram, they are now being
victimised by their government. This is unacceptable, and President
Jonathan must have a rethink.
"The APC believes that the issue of compensation for victims of Boko
Haram should not be subject to any debate."
He said all victims of the Boko Haram insurgency must be compensated
without delay, and that they must be given succour and be made to feel
that their government cares for them.
Akande admitted that compensation would not be able to bring back the
thousands who have been killed, he said the compensation was capable
of providing succour for the children, parents, brothers, sisters and
other family members left behind by the victims.