A member of Sokoto State House of Assembly broke down in tears after he saw thousands of his constituents living in the Niger Republic as refugees.
The lawmaker met his constituents in a sorry state during a recent visit to an internally displaced persons’ camp in the neighbouring country.
They have been displaced by bandits and other insurgent activities in Nigeria.
The Boko Haram insurgency has displaced nearly 3 million people in the Lake Chad Basin and killed over 30,000, according to a December 2020 report by UNHCR.
According to the report, Nigerian refugees totalled about 304,562 while there are about 2.1 million internally displaced in Nigeria
Meanwhile, the UNHCR spokesperson, Babar Baloch, at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, said since April 2019, 25 per cent of the refugees who fled from relentless attacks by armed groups came from Sokoto, Zamfara, and Katsina states of Nigeria.
Baloch said many of them have sought refuge in Maradi, the second-largest city in Niger.