12 February 2016

Nigeria: Boko Haram Forced 100,000 Nigerians to Live Abroad As Refugees - U.S.

The United States, U.S, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Mrs Linda Thomas-Greenfield has revealed that about 100,000 Nigerians are currently living outside Nigeria as refugees in neighbouring countries.

Thomas-Linda, who announced this to journalists from across Africa in a tele-press conference yesterday disclosed that Boko Haram terror attacks had forced over one million Nigerians out of their homes, stressing that the displaced persons had serious concerns that urgently needed to be addressed.

According to her, "Thousands of families, ordinary people, have been impacted by Boko Haram and these people have serious concerns that urgently need to be addressed," she said.

She said that Washington had been working closely with Nigeria and her neighbouring countries in addressing problem of terrorism in the region.

The U.S. envoy stated that there were multifaceted efforts in place to deal with security issues as well as dealing with the root causes.

She further disclosed that the United States had been working with and providing support for governments in the region through the Multinational Joint Task Force.

"We're also working with governments to look at broad economic development in the regions affected by Boko Haram by encouraging businesses to invest in those areas.

"We are also working with the government to ensure that those who have been victims of Boko Haram receive the assistance that they require to rebuild their lives," Thomas-Linda said.


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