Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has restored hope to over 100,000 displaced Nigerian refugees domiciled in Niger and Cameroon Republics after declaring that he is doing everything to ensure their return to their respective home communities in the state.
Governor Zulum made the promise during his Democracy Day speech in Maiduguri on Wednesday, saying he plans to visit to Niger and Cameroon within the next two weeks to confer with displaced compatriots on their return home.
“I have planned to take a visit to Niger and Cameroon within the next two weeks to confer with our compatriots there and work out modalities for their return and resettlement,” he said.
Governor Zulum vowed to take the insecurity in the state by the horns, saying, “the right time to enjoy democracy is now after years of insecurity.”
“We are going to face all the challenges of insecurity squarely until we are out of this mess,” he assured.
He stressed what he described as his avowed commitment to the restoration of security, saying, “within two weeks of my assumption of office, I have held talks with the President and the Chief of Army Staff on the issue of security.”
There are no less than 75,000 Nigerian refugees in Niger Republic and over 40,000 in Cameroon, according to official figures who were chased out of Borno State to the neighbouring francophone countries over the last 10 years by Boko Haram insurgency.