PDP members shun fund-raising for Boko Haram victims in Enugu

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Aug 13th, 2014
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pdp-logo3Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the weekend, boycotted a fund-raising organized in Nsukka Enugu State to rehabilitate about 1000 indigenes of the area, who were forced home as result of the Boko Haram insurgency in some northern states.

None of the politicians serving under the platform of the PDP attended the event.

In a remark, Mr Willy Ezugwu, Secretary-General, Conference of Political Parties, CNPP, said it was unfortunate that the politicians abandoned their people when they needed help most.

Ezugwu expressed surprise that not even one elected person in Nsukka zone found it expedient to come for the fund raising, even when they received invitation early enough.

“It is unfortunate that those the people elected failed them at this very difficult moment. None of then found it worthy to come and contribute towards rehabilitating these victims; they did not even sent any representative.

“In 2015, these same people will come and look for our votes; it is so bad”, he lamented.

He added that “We have to give these our people a sense of belonging to enable them feed, take their children to school as well as find something they will do to earn a living. No amount is too big or small to help in rehabilitating them”.

Earlier, Prof Osita Ogbu, Ex-Economic adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, urged the victims of Boko Haram insurgency not to loose hope.

Ogbu, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria Nsukka, commended the organizers. noting that it would go a long way in giving hope to the victims.

He applauded efforts of the federal government towards fighting the insurgency and urged Nigerians to continue to give government and security operatives required maximum support.

Earlier in a remark, the chairman of planning committee of the fund-raising, Mr John Ezema said that “it is no longer news that activities of Boko Haram in the country have claimed so many lives as well as property worth billions of naira.

“Most of them here today have no accommodation; they cannot feed their families because they lost their bread-winners to Boko Haram terrorists.

“They are our brothers and sisters; so they need our help now”.

Narrating his ordeal, one of the victims, Mr Johnson Attah, in a emotion laden voice disclosed how all his shops and a house in Maiduguri were set ablaze.

He said he came home with only one shirt and one pair of trousers.

“In my wildest imagination, I never believed that one day, I will beg before I will eat. All the same, I thank God who spared my life; I know tomorrow will be better”, he said.

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