NGO offers scholarship to Boko Haram victims
An Abuja-based Non-Governmental Organization, Conflict Resolution and Migration awareness Initiative CRAMAI has concluded plans to award scholarships to people affected by Boko Haram conflict in Northeast Nigeria.
People displaced from their homes and communities, following attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram, wait at an internally-displaced persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri in Borno State, on August 3, 2015. Nigeria’s military said August 3 it had “besieged” Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group’s northeastern heartland after setting free 178 hostages, mainly women and children. The ongoing operation has led to the capture of a Boko Haram commander, according to the army, while a “large number” of the extremists have been killed in air strikes.
A retired Deputy Comptroller-General DCG of the Nigeria Immigration Service Dr. Emmanuel Brasca Ifeadi who is the International Director of CRAMAI, disclosed this at the unveiling ceremony of the organization as well as the launch of ‘A Handbook on Shotokan Karate for Beginners: Elucidating Karate Myths, Fallacies and Truisms’ in Abuja.
“Nigeria has been grappling with a plethora of disastrous and debilitating challenges such as terrorism in the Northeast and farmers/herdsmen conflicts in Plateau, Benue, Ekiti, Delta, Edo, Taraba, Imo and other states. To douse ethno-religious crises and conflicts, the Peace Scholarship and award remedy therapy would also be extended to the elderly and youths who have genuinely encouraged peace building and peaceful co-existence in their communities in Nigeria and other conflict ridden locations around the world”, he said.
Dr. Ifeadi also said the NGO will assist the government and international bodies in formulating policies aimed at preventing and eradicating current irregular migration trends in the country as well as helping to identify potential causes of conflict.
On his part, a former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase hailed the author of the book for attempting to demystify Karate, noting that Nigerians need to learn the art of self-defence without recourse to the use of weapons.
Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Silas Agara who was the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, said the establishment of the NGO is well timed, adding that it would go a long way in helping the government tackle crises and conflicts in the country.