Nigeria plans to resettle victims displaced by Boko Haram

Nigeria plans to resettle about 2.1 million internally displaced people as security remains issue

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari waves during a graduation ceremony at Kaduna State University in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Nigerian government announced that many of the internally displaced people (IDP), displaced by Boko Haram’s terrorism would return back home next year in earnest, amid continuous Boko Haram sporadic attacks in rural areas.

Despite continued suicide bombing attacks targeting civilians, Nigerian army commanders alongside the government claim they are on the track to reach a year-end deadline to end the Boko Haram’s fighting ability, then begin to resettle about 2.1 million internally displaced people by the group.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the resettlement would start "in earnest" in 2016 and his government "will do all within its powers to facilitate the quick return and resettlement" of IDP.

However, Abuja is seeking for international help, with homes and businesses destroyed by six years of violence, also social amenities and infrastructures like water, electricity, health clinics and schools were severely affected.

The Information Minister Lai Mohammed, who recently visited affected locations in Bama Borno state, said he was "astounded at the level of destruction and devastation".

"Not a single building was unaffected by the activities of the terrorists and no building is being occupied by its original resident," he said on Tuesday.

Mohammed added that a "clean-up" of Bama, also a nearby Konduga and Kaure town were already under way, with plans for the start of rebuilding an initial 1,000 homes planned to start by January next year.

Babagana Umara, commissioner from the Ministry of Reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement in Borno, said the violence had left 17 local government areas totally destroyed.  

"This is the first phase of the reconstruction project. Everyone knows the destruction brought by Boko Haram is enormous," he told AFP, describing the rebuilding project as a "huge challenge."

"The reconstruction of Bama alone will require around 40 billion naira ($200 million, 182 million euros) which is well beyond the capacity of the state government," he added.

Construction workers repair a damaged magistrate court in the town of Konduga, in the Borno state, in Nigeria

However, security remains an issue, with continuous Boko Haram sporadic attacks still taking place in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

The Nigerian military's capacity to meet the December deadline and end the sporadic attacks in remote rural areas remains unclear.

On Thursday, 14 people who returned to farm in Kumiya village of Borno state after escaping previous attacks in July, were killed in a raid launched by the Boko Haram terrorists. 

TRTWorld and agencies