Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese, Bishop Oliver Dashe Dome has told international donor agencies to direct their aids and humanitarian support in Nigeria to religious bodies rather than through government structure.
Dashe while interracting with a team of visiting aid workers from a German faith-based humanitarian body; Aids for the Church in Need in Maiduguri on Tuesday alleged that most of the fund sent to Nigeria by agencies in the western countries are often diverted or mismanaged by politicians and government officials in the country.
“Most of the donations from the western world so not get directly to the targeted people. Whenever interventions come, they always insist it must go through the government agencies and through this, such interventions go directly into the pockets of some individuals. Most of our politicians are very corrupt,” the bishop stated.
He said he had raised the issue severally at international fora including the EU Parliamentary sitting in Brussels, Belgium. He maintained that the recognised religious bodies have well-established structure to distribute aids to affected victims of Boko Haram crisis or violence than politicans.
“I told them that if you want your fund or support reach the targeted people, then give it to religious bodies because they have already established structure,” he stated.
Borno State Chairman of Christians Assciation of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Mohammed Naga in a remark noted that the Boko Haram insurgency has affected both Christians and Muslims. He said crisis has not only claimed the lives of many people but also destroyed their means of livelihood. He urged the international community to show more commitment and empathy in the humanitarian challenges in the northeast States.
Leader of the team, Maria Lozano said their visit was a solidarity onr and to have fight hand knowledge of the impact of the crisis so as to give informed view about the humanitarian situation in the northeast .