- Almost 10,000 citizens of Nigeria in a Cameroonian refugee camp are heading back home
- This is due to the efforts of the Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum
- The governor is now in the country to facilitate their return after meeting with key officials on the repatriation processes
Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has arrived Marwa in the republic of Cameroon, as he begins the process of repatriating 9,800 Nigerians of Borno origin, who are among 46,000 Nigerians taking refuge in Minawa a camp in the neighbouring country.
A statement posted on the social media pages of the Borno state government indicates that the governor is accompanied on the visit by officials of the federal government.
According to the statement, the 9,800 Nigerians constitute the first batch of citizens who have shown willingness to be evacuated to resettlement houses built by the Borno government in Bama and Banki towns.
Before traveling to Cameroon, Governor Zulum had series of meetings with key federal government officials and relevant ambassadors to ensure all established procedures towards lawful repatriation are followed to the latter.
The meeting is in line with provisions of the tripartite agreement which has spelt out international best practices on humanitarian issues involving movements of persons between two or more countries as well as roles and limitations of all parties.
On the governor's official Facebook page, Nigerians have been commending him on the initiative, with some praying for the processes to be a success.
Abdullahi Mubarak MB wrote:
“May Almighty Allah help you towards achieving your goals! You are such a unique leader with visionary purposes! Thanks.”
Yusuf Ali wrote:
“Man of the people. Well done for the humanitarian concern. God bless you, sir.”
Abdulrashid Muhammad wrote:
“May Almighty Allah help you towards achieving your goals! God bless you.”
Abba Muhammad Umar wrote:
“A very welcome and timely move. Well done, your Excellency!”
Chukwuemeka Eugene Mbagwu wrote:
“May God bless you my mentor (in politics) in the person of Professor Babagana Umara Zulum.”
Meanwhile, as Governor Zulum begins the process of bringing back some citizens of Borno, some residents are leaving for a neighbouring state.
A recent media report indicates that residents of four local governments in Borno are fleeing into communities in neighbouring Yobe state.
According to the report, the residents are taking refuge in Yobe due to the incessant attacks on their domain by Boko Haram insurgents.
The report noted that the Yobe police command has taken note of the mass movement of people into the state.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor, and other service chiefs visited Maiduguri, the Borno state capital recently, to speak to frontline troops.
General Irabor made very reassuring statements to frontline troops while addressing them and later met with Governor Zulum.