Prof. Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno State, has welcomed back 855 Nigerian refugees living in neighbouring Cameroon.
At a brief farewell ceremony held in Maroua on Tuesday, Cameroonian officials led by the Governor of Cameroon’s Far North Region, Minjinyawa Bakari, handed over the refugees to Zulum.
Bakari, while delivering care packages containing food and other necessities, made the official announcement that the return of 1,300 refugees was complete.
Zulum, speaking on behalf of Nigeria, expressed gratitude to the president of Cameroon, senior government officials, and the host towns for their support of the Nigerian refugees over the past nearly nine years. The governor was grateful for President Biya’s donation.
A hamlet on the Nigerian side of the Cameroonian border near Banki in Bama Local Government Area welcomed the 855 Nigerian refugees living in the Minawao Camp.
The federal government gave each refugee N40,000, and the state government gave each household N60,000 in cash as well as 50 kilogrammes of rice, 10 kilogrammes of beans, 5 litres of cooking oil, a box of spice, wrapping, and cooking utensils.
Banki camp was visited by Madam Kimberly of the Cameroon Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who praised the Zulum administration’s efforts to facilitate relocation.
She stated, “Quite impressive adding that this the vision required to end the plight of refugees.”