The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to commence what it tagged Operation Back Home as part of efforts to return all the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective ancestral homes.
The government, however, called on all and sundry, including the international community to join hands to successfully return over 2 million people already identified as IDPs to their homes in the new exercise.
The new federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, when she addressed senior management staff of the commission, also called on all the staff to support her leadership to achieve the task.
Hajiya Farouq assured that the commission under her leadership will not neglect other core mandates, adding that “I was saddened by the forceful displacement of people out of their ancestral homes in the North East.” She also assured that “we will intenstify efforts to rehabilitate victims nationally and empower them in conjunction with local, state, federal governments and the international community.”
Hajiya Farouq who was the pioneer acting national treaturer of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) was recently appointed the new federal commissioner.
“Now that our dear President Muhammadu Buhari, the Commander in chief of the Armed Forces has regained lost grounds and degraded the Boko Haram insurgency; permit me to appeal to the international community, patriotic Nigerians and you my colleagues in this commission to join in the Operation Back Home (OBH) for Internally Displaced Persons.
“OBH also includes the Benue, Ekiti, Enugu, Zamfara and other states displaced by herdsmen, flood and sundry disasters. It is my considered view that IDPs are not only subjected to undue hunger, homelessness but dehumanized. We must put all hands on deck to provide them food, shelter and hope for better life,” she said.
BY ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja