Over 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday expressed desire to voluntarily return to their communities in Borno State to start a new life.
Their desire followed the reported successful dislodgement of the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, coupled with their inability to secure gainful employment in the state.
Comprising Muslims and Christians of middleaged men, women and children, the IDPs staged a rally at Ring Road area of Ibadan where they bared their minds on the various challenges they had been contending with ‘as refugees’ in the last three years.
Speaking though their Chairman and Secretary, Mr. Philemon Aga and Mallam Amada Usman respectively, the IDPs told journalists that “even though Oyo State has been a good and hospitable host state, majority of us have found it extremely difficult to secure gainful employment, just as life is increasingly becoming difficult for us to bear on daily basis.
“Consequently, we are having feeding and healthcare challenges, coupled with malnutrition, while our children cannot be enrolled in schools.”
They also complained that they have been battling with accommodation problem as over 10 people squat in one room, mostly in uncompleted buildings where security operatives allegedly incessantly swoop on them and make indiscriminate arrests.