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Buhari Thanks Cameroon For Hosting 56,000 Nigerian Refugees

Posted: May 4, 2016 at 5:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



In the course of Cameroonian President Paul Biya’s two-day working visit to Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed Nigeria’s gratitude to Cameroon for hosting over 56,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Nigeria since July 2014.

Buhari made the commendation at a dinner and cultural night in honour of Biya and his wife, Chantal Biya, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday night.

Buhari, who also expressed appreciation to United Nations and other international donor agencies for their assistance to IDPs across the country, condoled with the families of those that lost their loved ones as a result of the activities of the Boko Haram terror group.

“Our special condolences go to families of our fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to safeguard our territorial integrity and provide security of lives and property of our people

“Permit me to use this occasion of Your Excellency’s visit to Nigeria to once again extend my personal gratitude and that of the Federal Government for your country’s hosting of over 56,000 Nigerian refugees since July 2014.

“We also appreciate the assistance of the United Nations System, international donors, local and international non-governmental organisations and the ordinary Cameroonian families who share their meager provisions with the refugees in the spirit of African brotherhood.

“We thank them all,” he said.

According to him, a comprehensive rehabilitation and resettlement programme for the IDPs are being worked out by the Federal Government in collaboration with some international organisations, saying that data of the IDPs are being collated for smooth implementation of the scheme.

He, particularly, commended Cameroonian security agencies who recently participated in a joint military onslaught against the terrorist sect along the border areas of the Lake Chad.

President Buhari reassured that the battle against the terrorist group would soon be over as efforts have been intensified by various security agencies across member countries of the multinational joint task force.

In his remarks, Biya, who spoke in French, reiterated the determination of his country to end the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency.

He commended the efforts of President Buhari in the ongoing war against terrorist groups within and beyond Nigeria.

He also called for joint agricultural programmes between Nigeria and Cameroon along their border communities to address the challenges of youth unemployment in their respective countries.