Flood: Zulum visits Borno refugees in Niger Republic

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Governor Babagana Zulum on Sunday visited Borno refugees who have been living in Bosso, a border town in Niger Republic since after they were displaced by flooding.

The refugees were residents Malam-Fatori, headquarters of Abadam Local Government in the northern part of Borno State along the shores of Lake Chad.

Malam-Fatori is close to Bosso in Niger Republic.

For years, Nigerians and Nigeriens from the border areas often move in and out of the border towns for social, trade and cultural trade purposes.

Between 2013 and 2014, many Nigerians from Abadam, Monguno and a number of the 10 Local Government Areas in northern Borno, took refuge in Bosso and lived there for seven years, fleeing from attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on Nigeria’s side of the border.

Since 2019 when he became governor, Zulum has visited different parts of Niger Republic for humanitarian assessments and interventions.

Following the governor’s visits, thousands of refugees returned from Bosso and resettled in their ancestral communities mostly in northern Borno, while a number of them were resettled in Malam-Fatori early this year.

Malam-Fatori was occupied by Boko Haram for seven years since 2014 before it was recovered by the military.

Zulum also visited Malam-Fatori at different times supervising reconstruction works and life was gradually returning to normal for these citizens until they were displaced by a recent flood reportedly caused by excessive recharge around Lake Chad, this year.

Speaking to the refugees (Malam-Fatori’s residents) taking refuge in Bosso, the governor said “We are here to sympathize with you over the flood disaster that has affected you. Many of you lost personal belongings. Insha Allah, Borno State Government will support you and we will return you to your community as soon as the water recedes”.

Governor Zulum also thanked officials of Niger Republic for always welcoming Nigerians from Borno State in hours of distress.

Meanwhile, during his trip to Bosso, Governor Zulum met with soldiers under Sector 3 of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

The Governor interacted with the sector’s Commander, Brigadier General Abdulsalam Abubakar, and paid tributes to troops for their huge sacrifices.

Zulum also commended the Presidents of Lake Chad countries for deploying soldiers to the Multinational Joint Task Force.

He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidents of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon Republics for their relentless commitments to the fight against insurgency in their countries.

The governor returned to Maiduguri after his visit on Sunday night.