The United States government has said nine million people are directly affected by ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
Also, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has described terrorists as agents of Satan.
According to the US’ Office of Assistance for Africa Bureau of Population Director, Margaret McKelvey, at least two million of those affected by the terrorist group’s activities are in Nigeria.
McKelvey said, “I do want to call your attention to and highlight in particular, the situation of Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin countries. This has been called one of the most under-reported crises in the world today. We are talking about nine million people actually directly affected by Boko Haram and its depredations across the four countries,” she said during a telephonic conference in Washington.
McKelvey told our correspondent that there were efforts to register people using biometrics so as to provide protection for refugees and internally displaced persons.
“So, being registered, having a recognised identity, having documentation can be very important in proving who you are and the fact that you exist. We like to see birth registrations for refugee children for example. On the total number of refugees that are being counted today in the Lake Chad Basin area would be just under 155, 000. In addition, there are just over 77, 000 people who had been living in Nigeria but of Chadian, Nigerian and Cameroonian background who returned to their home countries. So, those people we call returnees.