Sunday, 30 November 2014

Igbo Welfare Association(IWA) 200 Igbo lost to Boko Haram

The Igbo Welfare Association, a socio-cultural association for indigenes of the five South eastern states residing in Borno State, on Saturday said Boko Haram activities had claimed the lives of over 200 Igbo till date.

The group also alleged that the ethnic group had suffered loss property worth millions of naira to the crisis, which started in 2009 and has yet to abate.

The President General of the association in Borno State, Chief group Maclaw Nwaogu, said this while delivering his speech at the inauguration of the new executive and award ceremony of IWA on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Nwaogu appealed to Governor Kashim Shettima to look into the plight of widows and orphans of Ndigbo and other non-indigenes, some of whom had had to leave the state but still carrying the burden of the loss of their breadwinners to the Boko Haram insurgency.

He also called on the governor to fulfill his promise of renovating the association’s hall, which was vandalised by the insurgents.

“In addition, we remain very appreciative when, in your first tenure, you offered us free transport in a season like this. Shortly after that, it’s like the security challenges have affected that gesture. However, with the cream of new Igbo leadership, we call on you to remember our numerous members, who want to travel home to spend this year’s Christmas.”

“It is pertinent to bring to your notice that internally displaced people of Igbo extraction are being catered for by Igbo Welfare Association. We are appealing to your government to help us remedy the situation,” the association president added.

The leader of the socio-cultural association promised to carry everybody along in managing the affairs of the group.