Hon. Beni Lar, the Chairperson House Committee on Human Right has disclosed the over 50,000 displaced Nigerians live in the Niger Republic as refugees. She made this disclosure during this year’s World Refugee Day celebration in Nigeria, a day after the normal day which is 20th June every year. She revealed that her committee is trying to give succor and resettle the internally displaced persons. On whether the cause of displacement is political, she said that no government will like to uproot her people from their heritage and that they are not politically motivated. She said there is a bill in the that will address the plight of victims of mass crime when passed into law.
The event organized by National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMI), has the theme; “A Minute Thought for the Displaced and Oppressed”. The Honorable Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaces Persons, Hajia Hadiza Sani Kangiwa told the audience that each and every one of the has a role to play in preventing displacement and in providing protection and assistance to the displaced including refugees. She posited that no single agency or individual can comprehensively do it alone. She showed concern when she said, “The situation in the North-East part of the country is worrying. It has so far internally displaced more than 300,000 people”. She said that insufficiency of fund is the major drawback in her organization’s activities.
Senator Clever Marcus Ikisikpo, Chairman Senate Committee on Special Duties said they offer assistance to the victims because of human sympathy his committee has. He mentioned some causes of displacement to include; war, natural disasters, land dispute etc. He enjoined government to ensure that displaced persons are resettled. But he meant the pressmen to note that it will be difficult for the government to settle everybody. However he said government is making effort to settle as many as possible.