ABUJA – A group, under the aegis of Forum of North East Market Women on Saturday, called on the Federal Government to come to their aid, alleging that over 200 of their members have fallen victims to insurgent attacks from the Boko Haram sect.
Describing how they have been impacted negatively, the group said most of their members have been kidnapped, raped and sometimes killed.
They equally bemoaned their business activities, lamenting that insurgency has crippled their source of livelihoods, especially those into fish and other agricultural businesses in the North East.
According to the Group, the activities of Boko Haram in Borno,Yobe and Adamawa states, has made us miserable our source of livelihood have been taken away completely.
They took to a statement, which was made available to Saturday Independent to make a passionate appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to expedite action in the ongoing war against insurgents with a view to immediately ending the menace.
In the statement signed by its National Chairperson, Hajiya Mariam Ina Bulama and National Secretary, Hajia Zainab Gadzama, respectively, they noted,”We are out of business now and as it stands today,we are finding it difficult to survive as a result of activities of insurgents.”
“We are a group of active market women from the six states that constitute the North East.
“We issue this statement to express our plight as market women in the North East, especially in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states as a result of Boko Haram and other security challenges. We have been thrown out of business and our means of livelihood is suffering because of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in our region.
“We are appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent actions that will end this long suffering in our land, especially as it affects the women folk and their business activities.
“It is regrettable that all the roads leading to our local markets where we get our food items from have been blocked by insurgents.
“The situation has assumed an alarming dimension since January 2021, with more than 200 or more of our members kidnapped, raped and even sometimes killed on their way to the local markets in search of daily bread.
“We have been going through these pains for some time now but the dimension the insurgency has taken from January to date is extremely alarming,”the market women lamented in the statement.