Published On: Mon, Nov 11th, 2013
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FG Reconsiders, To Now Assist Boko Haram Victims


Reprieve came the way of victims of Boko Haram insurgency yesterday with a promise by the federal government to assist them.

President Goodluck Jonathan said a committee would soon be set up to work out the form of assistance that would be given to Boko Haram victims.

Speaking at the 44th anniversary of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor’s establishment of his ministry and the 26th Jubilee Word Festival 2013 of Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, with the theme “Recover All”, he said there was no way adequate compensation could be paid to the victims of Boko Haram.

“The word compensation was too vague; that’s why I was ambiguous about my statement. I don’t want to send wrong signals to the world; that is why I oppose the word compensation.

“We may not be able to compensate them adequately but we are going to assist them in ensuring that they pick the bits and pieces of their lives again.”

On the issue of non-payment of pensions to military retirees, President Jonathan, who was accompanied to the occasion by the governors of Cross River, Liyel Imoke; Delta, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan; and Jonah Jang of Plateau State, assured that the problem would soon be resolved.  “We are working hard to settle their arrears,” he said.

He recounted the efforts of his administration to reposition the country again, noting that the Transformation Agenda was on course. Tremendous work, he stated, has been done in the power sector to energise the economy of the nation. “I can assure you that tremendous work has been done in the power sector and, by the first quarter of next year, there will be relatively stable supply of power in the country. Nigeria being the largest Black country in the world will never experience power outages again.” President Jonathan solicited the cooperation of all Nigerians.

He commended the leadership quality of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor as the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), noting that he brought dynamism into that office.

President Jonathan noted that but for the church the country might have gone into oblivion, adding that “the consistent prayers by the church are what have been sustaining and holding the country together. They pray day and night and that is why we are where we are today”.

Founder of Word of Life Bible Church and president of CAN Oritsejafor had commended President Jonathan for being the first sitting president that went on holy pilgrimage to Israel and also signed a bilateral agreement with the country.

He also showered praises on the National Assembly for extending the state of emergency in the three north-eastern states, though he acknowledged that there had been significant improvement in the security situation in the area.

Pastor Oritsejafor appealed to security agencies to re-strategise in their operation in the affected states and also pleaded with the elites in the region to cooperate with security agencies in finding a lasting solution to the problem of insurgencies.

He however expressed surprise over newspaper publications recently to the effect that there would be no compensation for the victims of Boko Haram and asked President Jonathan to explain the position of government on the issue.

The president of CAN also urged the president to address the issue of non-payment of pensions to retirees, while expressing the hope that the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon be resolved with his intervention.

He expressed optimism that Nigeria would be great again but that Nigerians should first see themselves as Nigerians before anything else.

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