Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, visited internally displaced persons in Plateau State’s Bokkos and Barkin-ladi LGAs following the Christmas Eve attacks by armed men. Accompanied by party officials, Obi expressed concern about the country’s insecurity levels and donated N5 million to the victims.
During the visit, Obi decried the prevailing insecurity in Nigeria, urging the Federal Government to prioritize the protection of citizens’ lives. He emphasized the need for the government to address the growing number of internally displaced people within the country, stating that seeking refuge in one’s own country is unacceptable.
The attacks on Christmas Eve resulted in a reported 195 deaths, with 148 casualties in Bokkos LGA, 19 in Mangu LGA, and 27 in Barkin Ladi. Additionally, 1,290 houses were destroyed in Bokkos, while one house was razed in Mangu.
Obi’s donation of N5 million is intended to assist the victims in these affected areas. The visit highlights the urgent call for improved security measures and governmental action to safeguard citizens and prevent further displacement within Nigeria.
As the 2023 elections draw near, Obi’s visit to the affected communities underscores the role of political figures in addressing and responding to the pressing challenges faced by the nation. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical need for comprehensive security reforms to protect communities and ensure the well-being of Nigerian citizens.