Refugees: Commission to Repatriate Nigerians in Chad, Cameroon

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) is now making arrangements to facilitate the repatriation of Nigerian refugees in Chad and Cameroon who express a desire to come back to Nigeria.

During a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, Alhaji Tijani Ahmed, the Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), made this statement.

Ahmed added that 21, 000 Nigerians with roughly three thousand homes have taken sanctuary in Chad, while 14,000 households were in Cameroon.

He said while the financial impact of the operation had not been calculated, the commission would be cooperating with the government of Borno and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to provide housing and logistics.

“In 2022, we had a very serious flood that caused some Nigerians to move to Chad and some of them to Cameroon and other factors include the herders and farmers clashes and Boko Haram crises.

“So, we will enhance the repatriation and ensure that the people return in safety and dignity,” Ahmed said.

In her comments, Ms Bernadette Muteshi, the Deputy Representative, UNHCR, congratulated the leadership of the commission for engaging in this attempt, noting that the agency will support a genuine process and guarantee safety and dignity.

“We are happy to see the government leadership in this endeavour. We are particularly happy to note that the voices of the Nigerians who want to return home, have been heard and are being acted upon.

“We will try to ensure that this process happens as soon as it’s practically feasible by putting all the elements to get along with you.

“We want to ensure that people exercise their basic human rights, have the ability to come home and go to any place in the country that they desire to go back to,” Muteshi said.

She hoped that all preparations would be in place to satisfy the ambitions of the persons who were being cared for.

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