- The donation was made at Tuesday plenary
- The Senate asked the government to seek the support of United Nations High Commission for Refugees
- They also asked the Nigerian government to repatriate Nigerians that are refugees in neighbouring countries
- The displaced persons, mostly women and children, are suffering untold hardship
- The activities of the Boko Haram sect in the north-east has left about two million displaced
At plenary on Tuesday, the Senate urged the government to appeal to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist the about two million displaced Nigerians orchestrated by the Boko Haram terrorism in the north east states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
They equally enjoined the government to repatriate the Nigerian refugees in the neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger following the insurgency.
‘Forced to leave their homes’
The problems encountered by the displaced Nigerians, who have become refugees in their own country and neighbouring Niger Republic, Cameroon and Chad, was a major issue that the Senate sought solution to at the Tuesday plenary, with a call for adequate measures to be taken that would cushion their sufferings.
Coming under a matter of urgent public importance, Senator Abdul Ningi, lamented the suffering of about two million people from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in the North East of Nigeria who were forced to leave their homes following the attacks by Boko Haram.
“Over two Million people have been displaced from their homes in North East Nigeria and they have become refugees even in their own country. These displaced persons mostly women and children are suffering untold hardships which includes lack of place of abode, food and water,” Senator Abdul Ningi said.
He wondered why the UNHCR could not come to the rescue of the refugees as they are doing in Afganistan, Iraq, and Syria as well as other troubled spots around the world.
The lawmakers requested that the government should establish transit camps in nearby states to accommodate the internally displaced persons.
The Boko Haram sect has carried out series of attacks on towns, churches, mosques and schools amongst others in the north east, leading to death of thousands.
They are asking for an Islamic State and an end to western education in the region.