Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri after receiving the third batch of deportees from Niger on Sunday, the Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Grema Terab said the Boko Haram crisis was assuming a dangerous dimension by the day as shown by the recent extradition of about 15,000 Nigerians from Niger.
It could be recalled that Borno state has earlier received two batches of 1,200 and 1,448 and now 1,600.
Terab lamented that, “today, it is Niger that is sending Nigerians parking, tomorrow it may be Chad or Cameroon or any other country in the sub region.”
He added that the situation calls for urgent attention first from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), then the African Union and perhaps the United Nations.
He said that Borno State alone have to bear the brunt of building a new camp for 4,248 indigenes of the state evacuated to Maiduguri.
He lamented that with the creation of the new camp for those evacuated from Niger, the state has 21 camps with over 120,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), insisting that this has created a heavy financial burden on the state government with several millions of Naira going into the running of the camps.
He disclosed that “as it stands today, Borno state government has expended several billions of Naira on the problems thrown at it by the Boko Haram crisis and this has put at a standstill so many other things.
“We need the assistance of not only the federal government but the United nations to come out of this quagmire which has put everything in the state at a near standstill.”
He said that “it was a pity that the state who have had to bear the burden of 1.5 million internally displaced persons overdrawing the facilities in Maiduguri, has to do it almost alone without appreciable assistance coming from the Nigerian government and international agencies.”
He decried that instead of abating, the Boko Haram crisis is introducing new problems everyday with the potential of creating massive humanitarian crisis in the West and Central Africa sub-regions, stressing that Borno state, the Northeast region, Nigeria, West and Central Africa needed to be assisted.