The Federal Government has revealed that plans are underway to resolve the issue of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Nigerian refugees in other countries
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this disclosure after the launch of the African Union 2019 theme: ‘The year of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons: Towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa.’
Onyeama said the issue of refugees and IDPs remain of great interest to Nigeria, which has almost two million IDPs and another 60, 000 Nigerian refugees in the Republic of Cameroon.
He revealed that the government is going to be fully engaged with the subject in terms of trying to look at the root causes and address the challenge as a country.
He said, “it is something that we also have to start addressing collectively. As you know, we are looking to have an African-Europe meeting and very high on the agenda of that, is the issue of migrants and trying to find some lasting solutions on that,”
On the IDP’s in Cameroon, Onyeama noted that the country has given Nigeria all the assurances that all the necessary measures are being taken to ensure the safety of Nigerian refugees in the country.