The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said that contrary to official figures which puts the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at 2.1 million, the figure is as high as five million displaced by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
Dogara made this disclosure when he received the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Ms. Angel Dekonge Antangara in his office.
The Speaker reiterated the commitment of the lower house to the cause of the IDPs and to rebuilding the North East.
“As an indigene of the North East, it is safe to say the number of IDPs in Nigeria can be up to five million. The NHCR deals with symptoms of terrorism which is the displacement…Terrorism is global and if not dealt with; it will spill across borders such as the current refugee crisis facing Europe from Syria, Libya etc.” he said.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara added that the House Standing Committee on Public safety and National intelligence will be mandated to handle issues relating to IDPs, while the House would consider the possibility of creating a standing committee on IDPs.
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