“Over 330,000 Nigerian refugees languish in neighboring countries” | The Guardian Nigeria News
• El-Rufai and Okafor want decentralized military equipment
• Ortom begs Nigerians to help internally displaced people in Benue
• How to stop banditry, by a security expert
At least 330,000 Nigerian refugees languish in neighboring countries due to insurgency and armed banditry in the North East and North West, revealed Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development , Sadiya Farouq.
She said so yesterday during a webinar at Chatham House on Nigeria’s humanitarian challenges and the worsening food crisis.
The minister indicated that communal, farmer / pastoralist clashes in the Middle Belt and in the southern region, floods, drought, as well as fires and industrial accidents, among others, have led to this high number.
According to her, 16,634 are in Chad, 118,409 in Cameroon, while the Republic of Niger has 186,957.
In a related security issue, Nigeria’s (SAN) Senior Counsel, Chief Gabriel Okafor, aligned himself with the statement by Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on the movement of military materiel in the country.
Okafor said: “The alarm raised by the Governor of Kaduna State on the need to work hard to avoid the Afghan scenario is indeed timely. “
He spoke yesterday at a forum entitled “Validation of the communication strategy for the development of human capital” organized by the vice president of the National Economic Council (NEC) headed by vice president Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.
HOWEVER, a group of young people from the North called for an immediate change in political leadership to address the country’s protracted security and economic challenges.
Speaking to a youth platform at the Murtala Muhammed Library in Kano on Sunday, the group’s leader, Awwalu Sani, explained that Nigeria has all the human and material resources to develop, if the right leaders are allowed to contribute their quota.
FROM Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom called on Nigerians to help mitigate the effects of the humanitarian crisis affecting more than 1.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been staying in camps since. more than five years.
Ortom made this appeal yesterday during a thanksgiving mass held at the Saint-Dominique Catholic Church, in Sachi, and at the Saint-Joseph quasi-parish, in Nyon, to mark the birthday of the president of the National Assembly of Benue, Titus Uba, and the former Minister of Steel in the Second Republic, Wanteregh Paul Unongo.
UNLESS the government tackles the socio-economic issues of poverty and unemployment, it may not be able to address the security challenges that rage the country, said security expert Col. Nelson Hambolu (rtd.), Said.
The expert, who also blamed rivalry between security agencies as another factor prolonging the battle against insecurity in the country, questioned whether security agencies were working in synergy.
He argued that finding solutions to the security of the country had become a difficult task as most socio-economic issues were not addressed.