The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (RMIDP) has disclosed that over 44 million people are displaced in the world, 400,000 of them being Nigerians.
This is even as the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki assured Nigerians that the federal government remained committed to the principles of International protection towards refugees and asylum seekers and indeed all persons in need.
The National Commissioner for RMIDP, Hajia Hadiza Kangiwa, who disclosed this alarming rate of refugees across the globe in general and Nigeria in particular, also revealed that Nigeria hosts 4000 refugees and asylum seekers.
Speaking at the world refugee day solidarity concert at the weekend in Abuja, Kangiwa described the affected people as “individuals and families whose lives have been upended, whose communities have been destroyed and whose future remains uncertain.”
Similarly, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Turaki said “the asylum regime in Nigeria is one of the most generous in Africa in that asylum applicants are processed swiftly and fairly and are not detained nor denied freedom of movement as it’s practised in many countries round the world due to Nigeria’s non encampment policy.”
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Okey Muogbo, the Minister said: “many refugees are gainfully employed and contribute to the economy like many other Nigerian citizens. However, several remain vulnerable and are in need of special care.”
He described the courage and strength of refugees and displaced persons as “an inspiration to all of us”, hence “we are gathered to express our solidarity with the displaced of the world.”
The Minister revealed that the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of the security challenges in the North, which he heads would look into the problem of Nigerians, who have been forced by the activities of the insurgents to become refugees.
He said that the Committee would make recommendations to the federal government on the displaced Nigerians, Turaki, however did not give details of such recommendations.