Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, Vol 10, No 1 (2017)

An Assessment Of The Impact Of Internal Displacement On Human Security In Northern Nigeria (2009- 2016)

Onaedo Chilonma Ejiofor, Samuel Oni, John V. Sejoro

Abstract


The crisis of internally displaced persons constitutes one of the world’s most worrisome humanitarian crises. With the Boko Haram insurgency attacks, the number of internally displaced persons in the northern part of the country rose tremendously. In addressing this crisis in the country, efforts of the government have not been pleasing and encouraging. This paper is therefore set to interrogate the extent to which the internally displaced persons affect human security in northern Nigeria. Forced migration and social inclusion theories were the theoretical frameworks adopted for the study while it relies on primary and secondary sources of data for analysis. Findings of the study reveals that measures of the government in addressing the crisis of internally displaced persons in the country is on ad-hoc basis with no solid and durable solution in view. In addition, the crisis of internally displaced persons hinders immensely the developmental process of the region. The paper therefore advocates for the inclusion of the internally displaced persons’ affairs at the local government level thereby establishing offices for the representatives of these displaced persons. The increments of funds to enhance and protect human security amongst the citizens are alternative measures in addressing the crisis of internally displaced persons in the country thereby enhancing human security in the region.


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