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As Displaced Nigerians Return Home For Christmas

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Nigeria News takes a look at the return of IDPs and how they will celebrate Christmas without trouble.

Some of Nigerians that were displaced by Boko Haram insurgents have been returning home.

Thousands of these civilians had been killed but in the last few months, the terrorists had been attacking the military base, killing hundreds of soldiers.

Many of the IDPs are farmers whose farms had been turned to battle field and hideouts of the insurgents.

The Federal Government established some camps in Borno, Adamawa, Abuja where the IDPs were being taken care of.

But there are a lot of complaints by the IDPs over the environmental condition of the camps. There are no adequate health facilities.

The IDPs are eager to go back home even if they would not be able to feed themselves.

Many of them are Christians. They want to celebrate Christmas and New Year in their ancestral homes and the only way is for the government to free them from the camps.

If it is true that the government has technically defeated the Boko Haram insurgency, the IDPs said that they would like to go back home.

The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says that enough relief packages are being sent to the various camps to ameliorate the condition of the IDPs.

This does not change the request of the displaced persons who are currently missing their homes after years of sojourning in the camps.

Of course, they will be freer at home but with no guarantee of their safety.

On Thursday, Two hundred families displaced by the crisis in Gashish District of Barkin Ladi local government of Plateau State were relocated back to their ancestral homes.

Those who left the IDP camp stationed at Geosciences building in Anguldi are from three villages of Kuzen, Kura Falls and Kakuruk of Gashish district.

They are part of thousands of villagers who were displaced and their ancestral homes taking over by strangers who killed and maimed many in June this year.

Could the return of IDPs be as a result of the coming election or sincere magnanimity of the government to take them back to their homes?

Having in mind that the IDPs are expected to vote in 2019, the government has no better option than to release them for the exercise.

Some of the IDPs will be celebrating Christmas at home this year but with a caution that the terrorists will not strike.

As the IDPs are rejoicing to see their homes again, the government should intensify effort on its negotiation to free Leah Sharibu from the custody of Boko Haram.

Sharibu, the only Christian girl among the abducted Dapchi students by the Boko Haram may yet celebrate her second Christmas in the captivity of the insurgents if the government fails to rescue her.

There is a need for the Federal Government to tighten security around the IDPs who just returned home during the Yuletide.

The recent attacks of the military base by the terrorists show that the war against Boko Haram is far from being ended.

This year’s Christmas is coming at a time the country is preparing for another general election, the Nigerian Army and other law enforcement agents must rise against insecurity so that Nigerians can experience a blissful Yuletide.

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