Nigeria: 200,000 Displaced Persons Yet to be Repatriated – Zulum

North-East: 200,000 Displaced Persons Yet To Be Repatriated ― Zulum (News Central TV)

In the North-East, more than 200,000 people who were displaced by the Boko Haram conflict have not yet been repatriated.

According to Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, who is currently seeking President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval for funding to help the state’s crisis-affected towns rebuild, this is the case.

Following frequent attacks by the militants on them, the people evacuated their communities and sought sanctuary in neighboring nations.

Zulum, the vice-chairman of the Presidential Committee on Repatriation, Returns, and Resettlement of Displaced Persons in the Northeast, made the announcement over the weekend at the Presidential Villa in Abuja while delivering the Technical Working Group (TWG) report to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

The governor estimated that 50,000 persons have been repatriated in the recent years.

He urged President Buhari to give immediate approval in terms of funding and other logistics needed for the rebuilding of the destroyed communities in Borno State. The vice president is also the chairman of the presidential committee on repatriation, returns, and resettlement of displaced persons in the northeast.

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The Presidential Committee has ordered the urgent restart of their repatriation, and Osinbajo, for his part, has promised that Nigerians displaced in the North-East who are still in Cameroon will return home soon.

Speaking with correspondents at the end of the meeting with the Vice President, Zulum said: “Mr President has inaugurated a committee a few months ago that will look into the repatriation of indigenes of Borno State and other states of the Northeast that are living in the Republic of Chad, Cameroon as well as Niger.

“Sequel to his inauguration, the Vice President inaugurated the technical working group, sub-committee, which is headed by my humble self.

“We presented the report to the Vice President with a view to ensuring that the repatriation exercise from Cameroon will continue immediately while the repatriation of Nigerians that are living in the Republic of Niger and the Republic of Chad will resume very soon.”

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When asked how many displaced persons that had been repatriated, the Borno State governor said, “Within the last few years, we have repatriated nothing fewer than 50, 000 people but we still have more than 200,000.

“So, what we are looking now is to see how we can repatriate indigenes of Borno State that are living in Niger especially those that are from Malumfatori, Abadam Local Government Area that are willing to come back.

“While we have those from Gwoza Local Government Area, Bama Local Government Area mainly that leaving from Cameroon; they are also willing to come.

“We also have indigenes of Kukawa and Marte Local Government Areas that are living that living in Chad.

“So, I think the Vice President will do the needful to ensure that the president gives immediate approval in terms of funding and other logistics required for the re-establishment of these communities in Borno State.”

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On the present security situation in the state, the governor said, “The security situation has greatly improved.”

The Presidential Committee on the Repatriation, Returns and Resettlement of Displaced Persons in the North-East, inaugurated by President Buhari in February.

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