Boko Haram: CSOs commend FG, Gombe for resettlement of displaced persons

Boko Haram: CSOs commend FG, Gombe for resettlement of displaced persons

- The Nigerian government has been commended by a group of civil society organisations for its commitment to resettling internally displaced persons in Gombe state

- The organisations led by the Global Amnesty Watch said the commendation is from an assessment of FG's work in the state following a tour across the state

- According to GAW, there is need for other state governments to emulate the strategy used by Gombe in resettling the IDPs

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has been rated high in its effort to resettle persons displaced by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast region of Nigeria.

The high rating was given to the FG by organisations led by Global Amnesty Watch (GAW).

The group of CSOs in a communique released at the end of its assessment tour round Gombe state applauding the FG for its actions.

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According to the communique signed by the team leader, Terrence Kuanum, the organisations said the successful clearance operation of the military is highly commendable.

Kuanum said after touring the entire state for 14-days, the CSOs observed that peace has returned and internally displaced persons are now back to their communities, living normal lives. 

Boko Haram: CSOs commend FG for resettlement of displaced persons
The civil society organisations have urged state affected by insurgency to emulate Gombe state in resettling displaced persons. Photo credit: Premium Times
Source: UGC

He said the military through combat operations and surveillance effectively chased away the insurgents and secured the liberated communities. 

Also, commending Gombe state government for swiftly resettling the persons displaced due to insurgency, the groups said the recent donation of land for the building of army barracks and others such gestures are welcomed. 

The organisations also commended President Muhammadu Buhari's administration for "freeing millions of people from the hands of terrorists and restoring their hope in Nigeria by returning them to their communities".

"Buhari administration has been a source of blessing to thousands of communities in Gombe state and the media and CSO's should not fail to mention that as a way of encouraging the administration to do more," the communique said.

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The groups, however, suggested the need for global vigilance across the state to sustain the peace. 

They urged other state governments having similar security challenges to learn from the Gombe state government.

Meanwhile, previously reported that some Nigerians from five different states in the northeast were on the streets of Abuja to appreciate President Buhari over the return of peace to the states.

The group led by Adamu Kabir rallied to the Presidential Villa to commend the president's efforts in ending insecurity in Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states.

The rally was themed: "Thank You Rally" and the states represented were those once under the shackles of Boko Haram terrorists.

Also, the Nigerian army had graduated over 600 former members of the Boko Haram insurgent group.

The former terrorist group members graduated at the DRR camp of Operation Safe Corridor in Mallam Sidi, Gombe state.

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According to the Nigerian military, the former fighters comprise of 592 Nigerians from 10 states and 14 foreign nationals from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

The military also said that three out of this number were lost due to health complications while one was referred to the Neuro-psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri for further medical treatment.

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