As of recent reports, all of Nigeria’s 322,000 refugees are living in surrounding countries, according to Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq.
Her disclosure came while she handed over chair of the TWG Tripartite Agreement to Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI).
The handover took place at the Army Resource Centre, Abuja, during a meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees living in Cameroon, Niger, and Chad Republic.
As per the Minister, there were 186,957 Niger Republic citizens; 118,409 Cameroonian citizens; 16 634 Chadian citizens.
With the large number of refugees in Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, the Federal Government of Nigeria has officially started talks with the governments of Chad and Niger in order to sign tripartite agreements similar to the one it has with the Republic of Cameroon.
According to the Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Hajiya Imaan, the TWG is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the safe return of Nigerian refugees and that the NCFRMI drives the initiative under the able direction and support of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.