Federal government through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has said that over 73,000 refugees and asylum seekers are living In the country.
The federal commissioner of NCFRMI, Hajia Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, in a news commentary to mark the 2021 World Refugees Day said there are a total of 26.3 million refugees in the world, out of which 73,000 are in Nigeria. He said 71,400 are refugees and 1,600 are Asylum-seekers as of May 2021 report.
Suleiman-Ibrahim also revealed that Nigeria host refugees and asylum-seekers from 17 countries, including China, Cameroon, Niger, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Others are Sudan, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cotre D’Ivoire, Benin Republic and Togo.
Suleiman-Ibrahim said the commission is working with relevant stakeholders to ensure refugees and asylum seekers are given the required support to make life meaningful in light of economic sustainability, education and health and other social amenities.
She further revealed that the minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has signed the #CitiesWithRefugees Declaration, making Abuja as the 267th City of the World that is Refugee friendly.