The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, confirmed on Tuesday that close to 650,000 Nigerians have been internally displaced in the North Eastern part of Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began in the region.
Adoke also said that there are also one million Nigerians who are now refugees in neighboring countries of Cameroun, Chad and Niger. “This situation has posed grave humanitarian problems in the affected areas, including the neighboring countries.”
The AGF disclosed this in a speech at the high level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland.
He noted with regrets that the situation has caused grave humanitarian situations in the affected areas.
According to him: “Nigeria’s experience in combating terrorism and insurgency perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect in North-Eastern Nigeria, and our common borders with Chad, Niger and Cameroun, clearly demonstrates the relevance and potency of international cooperation and solidarity in tackling this scourge.”
Adoke, however, pointed out that the federal government has noted with satisfaction the recent successes achieved by security forces and the increased level of cooperation at regional and sub-regional levels to raise a multi-national force of 8,700 involving Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin by the African Union, with support from our global partners.
“My delegation believes that this initiative offers valuable lessons for the global community. In this regard, I cannot overemphasis the need for increased financial and material support for the multi-national force, as well as the internally displaced persons and refugees,” he said.
The AGF explained that Nigeria chose to return to the Human Rights Council because of her strong belief that she can contribute her quota to ongoing efforts to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights across the globe.