Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, recently visited Niger Republic in a bid to discuss the essential modalities for safe and dignified repatriation of 120, 000 refugees.
Isa Gusau, who is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Relations and Strategy, disclosed this to newsmen in a statement issued on Sunday in Maiduguri.
Gusau announced that, on Saturday, the governor visited Diffa District of Niger Republic and met with a large number of Nigerian refugees who fled their homes due to the attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.
During his visit, Governor Zulum discussed how to arrange modalities to fast-track the safe and dignified return of the refugees for resettlement in Borno.
Gusau stated that the governor of Borno, before heading to Niger Republic, held a similar meeting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with officials of the Federal Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to discuss plans on how to welcome back the citizens of the country who reside in Niger.
“With that meeting in mind; Gov. Zulum travelled to Bosso, Garin Wanzam and Tumur, all in Diffa province, to meet with the refugees,” Gusau said.
“Host governor of Diffa, Isa Lameen, led Zulum during the visits alongside Abdulkarim Lawan, Speaker, Borno State House of Assembly.
“Zulum traveled to Diffa from Malam-Fatori, headquarters of Abadam Local Government Council of Borno, which had been a stronghold of Boko Haram insurgents until it was recently regained by the military.
“The visit to Malam-Fatori is the first time in more than five years by a civilian, it happened the same day the governor entered Diffa province in the Niger Republic.”
Governor Zulum expressed his gratitude to the authorities of Niger and host communities for their hospitality to citizens of Borno taking refuge in their country.