Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has said there are up to five million Nigerians displaced by the activities of the Boko Haram sect as against official figures which put the number at 2.1 million.
Speaking when he received the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Ms. Angel Dekonge Antangara in his office, Dogara reiterated the commitment of the House of Representatives to the cause of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to rebuilding the North East.
“As an indigene of the North East, it is safe to say the number of IDPs in Nigeria can be up to five million. The NHCR deals with symptoms of terrorism which is the displacement…Terrorism is global and if not dealt with; it will spill across borders such as the current refugee crisis facing Europe from Syria, Libya etc,” he said.
A statement issued by Dogara’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Turaki Hassan, said that the House Standing Committee on Public safety and National intelligence will be mandated to handle issues relating to IDPs, while the House would consider the possibility of creating a standing committee on IDPs.