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Over 3m Nigerians now IDPs – ECOWAS

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ABOUT 3.3 million Nigerians are currently living away from their homes as internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the country following mounting insecurity in the nation.

  Vice President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Finda Koroma, stated this in his presentation during a stakeholders’ workshop, yesterday.

 Speaking in the event that held under the theme: Best Practices for Stabilisation in West Africa, Koroma stressed need to address the crisis of displacement in the sub-region by working on modalities that would stop youths from joining jihadist movement in the region.

  “For instance, Burkina Faso has experienced an explosion in its forced displacement crisis because of militant Islamist group violence originating in Mali. Its current 1.2 million displaced population represents a nine-fold increase from 2019.  

   Additionally, violent attacks by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria have resulted in the displacement of 2.5 million Nigerians, whilst kidnappings, extortion and organised criminal attacks in the North-West have displaced an additional 800,000 people. We need to find a way to return these communities to their homes safely. It is against this backdrop that ECOWAS Commission, in partnership with development organisations and governments, has embarked on an ambitious journey of introducing interventions designed to stabilise conflict-affected areas, address the root causes of insecurity, and set them on the path for sustainable development through recovery and building community resilience,” Koroma said.

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