Boko Haram which was designated a terrorist group by the US in 2013, started its arm struggle in 2009, after the extrajudicial killing of its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, while in police custody. The activities of the extremist is yet to be fully curtailed by the Nigerian armed forces as it was recently reported that the insurgents had taken over Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gamboru Ngala road, where they allegedly mounted toll gates, collecting money and forcefully confiscating goods from motorists. On Friday, July 18, gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram sect members, attacked Damboa, killed several people. At the weekend, the deadly terrorist sect attacked a town in Borno state, killing more than 100 people and hoisting their black and white flags over the area.
Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, on Tuesday revealed that the activities of the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram in the Northern part of the country have forced about two million displaced poeple into the state.
The governor made the revelation while speaking to Daily Trust reporter after President Goodluck Jonathan meeting with the parents of the abducted school girls from Government Day Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
Yuguda noted that insurgency has posed a big problem to Bauchi because it is surrounded by states having security shortfalls. He said his government had, however, provided the refugees with basic facilities needed to survive.
The governor pointed out that the state’s resources were being overstretched.
“Presently, we have over two million refugees in Bauchi, but the good news is that we have been able to settle them. No refugee is in any camp. We have given them land to settle, some, shelter. We have tried our best to provide water and some basic facilities so that they can start life over again. It has not been easy, our resources are overstretched. The little we have has to be shared with the refugees” he said.
Yuguda, who expressed optimism that the refugees had permanently settled in Bauchi, urged the Federal Government to assist them.
“Only recently, we received some items like food, blankets from NEMA, but we need a lot more. I’m sure these guys are not going back to where they came from, they have settled and settled permanently, and I think the federal government should take on that and see how they can be properly resettled” Yuguda said.
The Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad popularly known as Boko Haram, an Hausa language meaning “Western education is sin”. The terrorist group has its strong hold in the northeastern part of the country, Cameroon and Niger. It has launched several deadly attacks and bombings which have claimed thousands of innocent lives in its quest to Islamise the country and put an end to what they described as westernisation.