Despite all the challenges faced by government in catering for the needs of people displaced by the terrorists in the North East, the Presidency has disclosed that a fresh batch of 150,000 refugees recently returned to the country. President Muhammadu Buhari made the disclosure on Monday at the Presidential Villa, when he received Phillipo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
“About 150,000 refugees have also come back home from across the borders. Our sleeves are rolled up to face the challenges head-on, along with our strategic partners,” the President said in a remark to welcome the UN envoy. Buhari said Nigeria has always been guided by international best practice and standards in rehabilitating millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) spawned by the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said Nigeria was also making efforts to domesticate the Kampala Convention, which legally binds governments to protect the rights and wellbeing of people forced to flee their homes by conflict. He lauded the military, which he said has created a safe passage that has made it easier to help the displaced persons.