SERAP Urges Buhari To Probe How Over N80bn Of Boko Haram Victims’ Support Funds Was Spent

victimsA civil society organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to launch a probe into how over N80bn support funds meant for the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency was spent.
The group, which made this demand in its Independence Day message, said this year’s celebration might be described as happy for anyone but the same cannot be said for hundreds of victims of explosions and their families, who it said, were suffering neglect.
SERAP recalled that the Bomb Victims Association of Nigeria recently reported how victims of insurgency were dying needlessly, saying such deaths were avoidable if urgent and continuous medical attention were provided for them.
It said the neglect being suffered by victims of insurgency in the country was exemplified by the case of Hope Musa from Taraba State, “who died recently as a result of untreated injuries suffered from bomb blast”.
In the goodwill message signed by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP pleaded with President Buhari to set up a framework that would identify all the victims of insurgency in the country.
This, he argued, would ensure that they benefit from the Victims Support Funds.
The statement reads in part: “SERAP called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the spending of the over N80bn under the Victims Support Funds to ensure transparency and accountability and adequate support, assistance, and care for families and victims of Boko Haram’s attacks across the country.
“Nigerians would like to know how exactly the over N80bn was disbursed, with details of the number of victims and their families that have so far benefitted from the funds.
“It is clear that the plight of victims of blasts won’t end unless and until the funds are appropriately and transparently spent.
“If Nigeria is to celebrate its 56th independence anniversary in a better shape than it is today, the victims of bombings and other victims of Boko Haram insurgency, including the internally displaced persons, need to know that they will never be forgotten in their difficult moment”.
The group, therefore, urged Buhari to “in conformity with his fight against corruption, set up a framework that would identify the real victims of Boko Haram and facilitate their access to the Victims Support Funds”.

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