As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Humanitarian Day, the government says most of the Internally Displaced Persons camps in Adamawa and Yobe states have been closed down, and that IDPs have started returning to their communities.
This follows successes recorded by the Nigerian military against insurgents in the North east.
The Director General National Emergency Management Agency Mr. Mohammed
Sani Sidi, disclosed this in Abuja to mark this year’s World Humanitarian Day.
Mr. Sidi said this year’s World Humanitarian Day with the theme: “One Humanity” is apt as it is aimed at inspiring people around the world to demand for greater global support for humanity and also to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in trying to help other.
“Before the coming in of this government we had several camps numbering about twelve but based on the successes recorded by the Nigerian military against the insurgents, who have liberated some communities which were hitherto under the control of the insurgents. have led to the willing return of IDPs to their communities,” Sidi said.
On his part, the Head of Oxfam in Nigeria, Mr. Jan Rogge who participated in a walk to mark the day, said his organization was committed to providing succour to those affected by armed conflict around the world.
He said Oxfam, is currently meeting the needs of over two hundred and fifty thousand people in Nigeria, and is expected to increase to about one million others, especially in the North east part of Nigeria.
“We are here today to celebrate people who have put their lives in line for those in need of help, especially those people in the North east in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, the President Nigerian Red Cross Society Mr. Bolaji Akpan Anani said the theme for this year’s celebration was very timely considering the enormous humanitarian needs around the world.
“For me, ‘One Humanity’ means the whole world is one family. If all of us understand it this way, it will mean that those who have, will give out to those who don’t have.”
United Nations has designated 19 August, every year, as World Humanitarian Day to celebrate the spirit of humanism.