No fewer than 2,000 persons displaced from north-east as a result of the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents are finally returning to their ancestral homes from Abuja and environs where they have been living for years.
The IDPs, who were hitherto housed in Kuchingoro camp and other annexes in the nation’s capital on Friday, stormed the Unity Fountain to thank President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army for liberating their villages from the grips of the Boko Haram insurgents.
Speaking on behalf of the former IDPs, Mrs Maryam Nuhu, called on the relevant authorities to fish out those who have been sponsoring the Boko Haram sect that had made the country volatile.
Nuhu also saluted the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai for his tenacity in ensuring that the IDPs return home.
Recalling with nostalgia she said, “For years we were displaced persons in our own country, at the Kuchigoro IDPs camp and other annexes in Abuja and neighboring states. The measure of comfort and care provided us almost made us to resign to calling these camps home. But even if we had been quartered in the most glamourous of the hotels in the nation’s capital, the affinity for our ancestral lands would have still pulled us to return home as it did now.
“The only thing that would have kept us away from our home is the terror attacks of Boko Haram that uprooted us in the first place. However, Boko Haram has become history as far as we are concerned. Whatever the terror group is capable of right now is no different from the kind of criminality that can occur on the streets of any of the world’s many towns and cities.
“Our towns and villages have been cleared of these terrorists. We can now confidently return home to pick up our lives from the points where we will meet them. Of course the scars of our losses are there but they are scars that will remind us of the healing that sincere leadership can bring as opposed to the dark side of humanity that Boko Haram its backers want us to know”,she said.
The senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu who received the IDPs at the gate said steps are being taken to rescue the country from terrorists using the Nigerian Army.
He said the President is with all Nigerians that have been displaced from their homes.
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