Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has expressed his desire for indigenes of the state who have become refugees in other countries to return home.
The Governor made this remark when he spoke on Thursday at a stakeholders’ implementation meeting on the Global Compact of Refugees in Abuja.
He expressed that more than 200,000 refugees from Borno are scattered as refugees in neighbouring countries as a result of violent attacks by Boko Haram and other insurgents.
The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Zulum identified Cameroon, the Republic of Niger, and Chad as some of the countries some of the indigenes have fled to as a result of violence in the Northern part of Nigeria.
He, however, voiced out the resolve of his administration to welcome them back and settle them in their ancestral homes.
“We need to follow up commitment with action, which is very important. One of the importance of this Global Compact of Refugees is to support citizens of countries of origin for the return of refugees back to their home country,
“I am of the view that we should first look at how we can help to support Nigerians who are taking refuge in another country, especially those who are living in the neighbouring Niger Republic as well as the Republic of Cameroon who have been agitating in the past.
“This is very important because we have over 200,000 from Borno State who are now refugees in countries like Cameroon, Republic of Niger and Chad.
“The government of Borno is willing to support and work with the humanitarian sector to ensure the return of Nigerian refugees in other countries,” Zulum said.