By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
No fewer than 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Boko Haram ravaged areas of Borno State now taking refuge in Ibadan over the weekend asked the Federal Government and the Borno State governments to evacuate them back home “as soon as possible”.
Speaking during a peaceful rally at Ring Road area of Ibadan,the IDPs specifically tasked the government to assist in proving logistics for their timely evacuation back home to start a new life.
Addressing journalists though their Chairman, Mr. Philemon Obadiah Aga and Secretary, Malam Amada Usman during the peaceful rally,the IDPs disclosed that they have been facing various challenges ‘as refugees’ since their arrival in Ibadan three years ago.
“We have resolved to go back home and begin our lives anew without further delay, as we strongly believe that home is home, whatever the circumstance,” they said.
According to the spokespersons, the IDPs
comprising of middle-aged men, women as well as children were finding it extremely difficult to secure gainful employment while life is increasingly becoming difficult for them to bear on daily basis.
They stressed further that “consequently, we are having feeding and healthcare challenges coupled with malnutrition while our children cannot be enrolled in schools”.
Emphasizing that “even though Oyo State has been a good and hospitable host state” the IDPs lamented that they have been battling on with accommodation problem on daily basis with at least over 10 of them squatting in a room, mostly in uncompleted buildings where security operatives incessantly swoop on them and effect indiscriminate arrests.
The IDPs then lauded the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for successfully sending the Boko Haram terrorists packing from the North East part of the country.