The Internally Displaced Persons-IDPs in Ibadan constituting Christian and Muslim youths, women and children have willingly demonstrated their earnest wish to go home to their various communities in Bornu.
Over 1000 of the IDPs made this display via a peaceful demonstration to convey their want for home, to enable them kick start a new life sequential to the force out of the Boko Haram insurgence in the North East.
It was during the rally at Ring Road area of Ibadan over the weekend, that the IDPs spoke out on the varying hitches they had endured as refugees for the period of three years in Ibadan.
Respectively, Mr. Philemon Obadiah Aga and Mallam Amada Usman; Chairman and Secretary to the IDPs in Ibadan in their statement said that they are facing feeding problems together with that of healthcare. They went on to say that malnutrition is not excluded and their children cannot be enrolled into schools. They disclosed to journalists saying, “although Oyo State had been a good and hospitable host State, majority of them(IDPs) have found it extremely difficult to secure gainful employment and life was becoming increasingly difficult for them”.
However, the IDPs through their spokespersons, commended the President’s efforts in laudably combatting the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East notably the Southern Bornu Senatorial District where majority of them take root, hence, the plea with the Federal Government to work with Oyo and Bornu State Governments to aid in availing logistics for their return home as soon as possible.
They added that they battle with the issue of accommodation more frequently on daily basis given that more than 10 persons live in a room and mostly uncompleted buildings. This has made it a disposition for security operatives to constantly invade their territories and launch indiscriminate arrests.
According to them, “we have resolved to go back home and begin our lives over without further delay”.