A coalition of civil society organisations in Benue State yesterday called on the Federal Government to wade into the excruciating humanitarian crisis in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state with a view to saving their lives so they can return home eventually.
President of the coalition, Justin Gbagir, who stated this at a news briefing in Makurdi, noted with regret and apprehension the heated political climate in the state in recent days and called for an end to the situation.
Gbagir said the current political tussle in the state, which constituted an assault on democracy and democratic ideals, had the tendency to lead to a breakdown of law and order and escalate the already existing humanitarian crisis in the state.
“Benue has come under severe attacks, which have left thousands dead, scores maimed, houses and sources of livelihood destroyed and hundreds of thousands of persons displaced and in IDP camps.
“Benue stands at the brinks of a hunger crisis due to the inability of the people to go back to their farms, engage in educational activities, having been away from school for a long time, the IDP camps suffer inadequate food, sanitation, shelter and security.”