Posted by News Express | 12 November 2014 | 3,815 times
Displaced residents of five Adamawa local government areas under the siege of Boko Haram have vowed to move to Cameroon Republic, should the Federal Government continue to pay lip service to the activities of insurgents who have taken over their territories.
The residents, who are angered by the incessant attacks and killings occasioned by the Boko Haram incursion, expressed dismay over the failure of the Federal Government to deploy security to checkmate the insurgents.
They said with the increasing attacks, they were left with no alternative but to move to Cameroon Republic.
One of the fleeing residents, Garba Buba, said their communities were left unprotected, adding that with the constant annexation of towns and villages and the deliberate pogrom meted to the people, they had lost confidence in Nigeria.
He said: “We have lost confidence in Nigeria, because it has failed in its onerous responsibility to protect us. With the situation, we have no alternative other than to change our nationality.
“We have been patient for a long time, even as we continue to suffer serious losses in terms of human lives and properties in the past without security operatives doing enough to protect us.”
Another displaced person from Michika, Bitrus Kamale, said he was being forced by circumstances to change nationality as a result of dearth of security that had rendered many people in the area homeless, while many others were left stranded in Cameroon border villages.
“The government should tell us whether we are Nigerians or not. We are tired of being killed on a daily basis like fowls by insurgents and the continued harassment from soldiers,” he said.
Another resident of the area, Musa Welye, said the people of the affected areas were deeply regretting being in Nigeria, adding that had they chosen not to be in Nigeria during the 1961 plebiscite, it would have been better for them.
•Adapted from a Nigerian Tribune report. Photo shows a group of innocent Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram.
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