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We Are Working Hard To Address The Needs Of Internally Displaced Persons In Nigeria – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari Monday assured the international community that

his administration was already implementing several people-oriented

programmes to meet the humanitarian needs of the over two million

internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.
The President, who disclosed this at the High-Level Summit on “Addressing

Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants” on the margins of the 71st

Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71) in New York,

United States, said such intervention programmes include: the Presidential

Intervention Committee on Rehabilitation of the North-East; the Victims

Support Fund; the Safe Schools Initiative and the proposed North-East

Development Commission currently undergoing legislative process.

President Buhari added that, “we are making concerted efforts to meet our

citizens' immediate humanitarian needs by reducing their risk and

vulnerability and increasing their resilience through vocational training

and skills acquisition programmes, particularly for IDPs in camps.”

The President said any discourse on refugees and migrants in the case of

Nigeria, “will be incomplete without reference to our internally displaced

persons, victims of Boko Haram's terrible atrocities,” which also rendered

600,000 persons homeless in Nigeria's neighbouring countries.

He noted that in order to find a lasting solution to this regional

challenge, Nigeria in collaboration with the United Nations High

Commissioner for Refugees, recently hosted a regional conference on

displacement of persons within the framework of Regional Protection

Dialogue on the Lake Chad Basin.
At the global level, President Buhari said Nigeria has equally shown

appreciable concern on issues of global human mobility using such control

instruments as the National Migration Policy; Labour Migration Policy;

Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Laws, and Nigeria Immigration and

National Drug Law Enforcement Acts.
The Nigerian leader condemned all new forms of racism, xenophobia and hate

ideology targeted at “undermining the considerable benefits that migration

can deliver to global efficiency.” He said such divisive tendencies only

lead to violence and avoidable loss of lives in a world that requires

cooperation, adding that “globalization should mean free movement of

goods, services and people.”
Nigeria, he said, “believes that without deliberate and collective

commitment and action, the issue of large movement of refugees and

migrants may impede our aspirations toward achieving the Programme of

Action of the Cairo Agenda +20 and global determination to leave no one

behind in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

(SDGs).”
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