Nigeria: Victims of Terrorism should be honoured, compensated- Religious leaders
A body of religious leaders in Nigeria, The Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) has asked the Nigerian government to set aside a day to honour all the victims who have been killed by terrorists, bandits and all forms of criminality in Nigeria and possibly compensate them.
The body also urged the government to remember victims of terrorism, banditry, other criminalities as well as provide compensation for the internally displayed persons (IDPs).
The group under the leadership of the co-Chairmen, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), also commended Nigeria for ratifying the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
“Given that charity begins at home, the leadership of the country must set aside a day to remember all the victims terrorism, banditry and all forms of crime in Nigeria. NIREC calls for compensation for the displaced victims of violence as well as provide security for them to return to their native land,” it said.
In a statement issued by the Executive Secretary (NIREC) and Secretary General West Africa Inter-Religious Council, Rev Fr. Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua, the group wants government to provide adequate security for all Nigerian citizens to enjoy peaceful coexistence irrespective of tribe, political affiliation and religion.
NIREC is affiliated to the African Council of Religious Leaders and Religions for Peace (ACRL-RfP).