Boko Haram: Michika returnees allege discrimination in distribution of relief materials

FILE PHOTO: A cross-section of internally displaced persons
FILE PHOTO: A cross-section of internally displaced persons

Residents of Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, whose communities were recaptured from Boko Haram, have raised alarm over alleged discriminatory distribution of relief materials.

Some of the returnees who spoke to journalists in Yola said a leading tribe in the area was marginalizing the other tribes using ethno-religious sentiments to distribute relief items and denying many other relief items.

One of the returnees, Ishaku Musa, said “Whenever there is a relief material to be distributed, members of a particular tribe which  I don’t want to mention would dominate the distribution points making sure that other tribes do not benefit.

“If there is a list to be taken, they make sure that only their tribes men or kith and kins were listed for support.

” My people are experiencing this particularly in Garta village of the area,” he alleged.

Mr. Musa called on authorities concerned to investigate the matter which he said had been brewing tension in the area.

Another complainant who simply identified himself as Baba, also called for government intervention to check the discrimination, adding that Michika Local Government has long history of ethno religious tension that was aggravated by the boko haram crisis. He said this needs to be checked before it snowballs into a major clash.

“This is the time for relevant authorities and leaders from the area  to intervene to address this problem before it turns into an ethno- religious crisis being experienced in parts of Plateau and Kaduna states,” Mr. Baba said.

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Efforts to get government officials in the council proved abortive. However, an official at the state Emergency agency who did not want to be named as he was not permitted to talk to the press, assured that the agency will investigate promptly.

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