President Muhammadu Buhari Friday held a meeting with the governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Zulum, on the repatriation of displaced Borno residents taking refuge in the Republic of Niger.
The governor briefed State House reporters on the outcome of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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Zulum said the president assured him that he would do everything possible to support the effort of the state in returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their ancestral home.
He used the opportunity to announce December 31 as deadline for the closure of IDP camps inside Maiduguri metropolis.
The governor urged the president to continue to provide more support to ensure that terrorists under the Islamic State, West Africa Province (ISWAP) operating especially in the southern and northern parts of Borno are defeated.
He said, “Furthermore, on November 27, the Borno State Government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in the Diffa province of Niger to Mallam Fatori. Mallam Fatori is a local government headquarters in Borno State.
“But somehow, we don’t have human population in this local government area because of insurgency. Now that we have achieved a reasonable degree of peace, the Borno State Government intends to resettle Mallam Fatori communities on 27th of next month.”