Buhari; On IDPs we are guided by international best practices

He spoke while receiving the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Phillipo Grandi, in the State House, Abuja.

The President disclosed that Nigeria was making efforts to domesticate the Kampala Convention, which legally binds governments to protect the rights and wellbeing of people forced to flee their homes by conflict.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said Nigeria is guided by international best practices and standards in rehabilitating millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President also lauded the military, which he said has created a safe passage that has made it easier to help the displaced persons.

He said different mechanisms have been put in place to care for the displaced persons, in areas of nutrition, health, physical and spiritual rehabilitation, among others.

Mr. Grandi, who had visited Cameroun, Niger, and Chad, as part of his tour of the Lake Chad Basin region, commended what he called “Nigeria’s determination to resolve the humanitarian crisis.”

He said his visit to Maiduguri, in Borno State, afforded him the opportunity “to see the excellent work being done by the authorities, with support of the international community.”

“About 150,000 refugees have also come back home from across the borders. Our sleeves are rolled up to face the challenges head-on, along with our strategic partners,” the President said.

According to him, Nigeria is appreciating the continued collaboration of the UN.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said he was leaving Nigeria with the conviction that things were under control.

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