The northern branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Abuja the nation’s capital, have told the Borno State government to pay N500 million compensation to each family whose loved ones have been murdered by the Boko Haram Islamic sect, saying it was improper for the government to pay N100 million compensation to the slain former leader of the ruthless sect, whose group had unleashed violence on innocent Nigerians, especially Christians, killing and destroying properties.
According to CAN, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Sunday Oibe: “We are dumbfounded that Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who swore to defend and protect the constitution of Nigeria, could use tax payers’ money to compensate an outlaw responsible for the killings and destruction of property of innocent Nigerians, particularly Christians.
“How can any responsible government compensate somebody who has links with a group that is responsible for the bombings and murder of innocent people and threatening the corporate existence of the Nigerian nation?
“Is the Borno State Government saying that the lives of the in-laws of the Boko Haram leader are more important than those of many innocent Nigerians being murdered freely by his blood thirsty followers. We are so baffled by the action of the government.
“We, therefore, demand for N500m compensation for the families of each Nigerian killed by the Boko Haram Islamic sect from the Borno State Government in the interest of justice, equity and fair play.
“The decision of the state government to compensate the in-laws of the Boko Haram leader without equally compensating other Nigerians killed by members of the Islamic sect goes to show the insensitivity of the government to the losses suffered by other Nigerians”, the statement added.
The N100 million was an out-of-court settlement agreement reached with the family of the slain Boko Haram leader, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf.