North East IDPs Hit 5m- Dogara

The number of Nigerians displaced by violence in the insurgency-ravaged North East has reached five million, speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has said.

Dogara who spoke when he received the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Ms. Angel Dekonge Antangara in his office, disputed official figures of IDPs put at 2.1 million.

He said the actual number of people affected by Boko Haram insurgency may be close to five million.

“As an indigene of the North East, it is safe to say the number of IDPs in Nigeria can be up to five million,” Dogara said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan.

Dogara recalled that he has sponsored a motion which in part, requested President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently establish a North East Development Commission and convene an International Donor Conference or Summit to mobilise additional financial resources through international donor funding for the rehabilitation of the North East.

The speaker appealed for help for the North East from the UNHCR and other donors.

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