Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has assured 47,000 refugees from Abadam local government currently taking refuge in Niger Republic, as result of terrorists’ attacks in Lake Chad region that they will soon return to their ancestral homes.
The governor gave the assurance yesterday when he visited the refugees in Diffa region of Niger , where he sympathised with the people over last week’s boko haram attack that claimed three persons and injured many in Niger.
Shettima was represented by Caretaker Chairman of Abadam council, Alhaji Mustapha Lawan, who pointed out that the troops are rigorously working to provide safe place for returnees.
” I was delegated by governor Kashim Shettima to visit our people living in Niger Republic in the various communities ,in respect of their welfare. He also directed me to tell them of government’s efforts to clear insurgents in Abadam general area for their return.
“Our people are worried that they may not be able to vote since diaspora voting is not allowed, but we are working to see what we could do about it because, more than 47,000 refugees from Abadam council are taking refuge there.
“These are the people that fled their homes due to boko haram attacks in Abadan LGA, not to talk about other LGAs. Our people live in 39 villages of Diffa Region. We thank Nigerien government for their hospitality towards us,”
He also applauded the efforts of the troops in the fringe of Lake Chad Basin against insurgents activities and assured them that ongoing clearance will bring lasting Peace in the whole area.
“We distributed relief items and clothing to all our people living in villages like Bosso, Garin Dogo, Auwalili, Ngalwa, Gaskiri, Assagi Tampol, Wuso, Ngui, Mallam Burti and several others.
“I assure them that the military are working day and night to make sure not only Abadam LGA is safe for people to return, but entire Lake Chad Basin. With what I have seen when I visited Abadam last month, in the next few weeks, I mean very soon , our people will return back to their homes and start their lives again,” Alhaji Lawan said.