Herdsmen Killings: Despite humanitarian concerns, Women group confident in Nigeria

A Nigerian nongovernmental organization, Women Without Walls Initiative (WWWI) says growing humanitarian concerns in the country owing to widespread displacements by suspected herdsmen are not enough evidences that the country is heading for collapse.

The organization which is largely concerned with issues affecting women and children is positive the country would come out stronger from its present sociopolitical challenges.

Speaking to MKB during its needs assessment of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps housing survivors of the recent herdsmen attacks in parts of Plateau, President of the organization, Pastor Mrs. Esther Ibanga said all that is needed is for the country's leadership to demonstrate the political will to rid the country of its challenges.

She therefore dismissed earlier claims by the World Bank President, Kim Yung that Africa's poor health outcomes were indicative of its unreadiness to compete in the fast becoming digitized society.

"I'm sure when the World Bank made those projections, they didn't know we were going to have herdsmen attacks leading to 200 deaths in Plateau and other states but as much as those facts might be correct, they cannot be true of us because we are a people of faith," she said.

Mrs. Ibanga had led a team of experts in humanitarian service from the organization to assess the needs eminent in camps with a view to mobilizing support.

Mrs. Ibanga who is the lead Pastor of JCMI Church in Jos however expressed "heartbreak" at the humanitarian difficulties created by the recent attacks in the state.

"I don't even know what to say I'm just heartbroken by what I have seen," she said soberly.

The WWWI leader described most of the camps as being faced with the worse medical needs aside food shortages, owing to poor water and sanitation facilities.

She therefore called the State and Local Governments to do more than just provision of relief materials to addressing other critical needs of the IDPs including safety and psychological needs.

Mrs. Ibanga particularly made a case for the relocation or renewal of tenure of a camp located within the School of Geosciences, Bukuru which she said is currently facing threats of being closed down.

"The school belongs to the Mining Corporations and we hear the IDPs have been given a deadline to relocate despite not having anywhere else to go," she cried out.

The Geosciences IDP camp according to official records houses about 1600 children, 909 women and 800 men, thought to be one of the biggest in the State capital.