Zulum: Due to poverty and dwindling resources IDPs may join terrorist organizations
Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, the governor of Borno State, has expressed concern that, if poverty and dwindling resources are not addressed, some internally displaced people (IDPs) may be forced to join Boko Haram and its offshoot organization, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters.
The governor announced this yesterday in Maiduguri during the closing of the Dalori-1, Dalori-2, Gubio, and Muna IDP camps.
He said that the state administration could not put its citizens in IDP camps indefinitely.
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He said that, under his direction, the State administration would exert every effort to ensure the dignified resettlement of more communities.
The government must address the core causes of insurgency, which include, among other things, rising poverty, a lack of adequate infrastructure, and climate vulnerabilities, according to Zulum.
“As a result, we must restore the IDPs to their ancestral homes in a respectful manner. We are here to encourage voluntary repatriation in conformity with the Kampala Convention; nobody is required to go back to their place of origin. People will be given means of support so they may provide for their own needs; otherwise, our people will continue to live in IDP camps, he stated.