Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians to live in peace and harmony with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and refugees in their communities.
Abubakar, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Yola on Monday, said every Nigerian had a role to play to help an IDPs/ or refugees to live with some comfort.
“The world may refer to them as IDPs and refugees, but they have names, faces and stories. Let’s help them in our own little ways, so that they will not feel less as humans.
“It is sad that about 2.2 million persons are displaced in a nation like Nigeria. Nigerians should live in peace and extend hands of fellowship to the IDPs and refugees.
“This would ensure that peace and tranquility that the North East zone presently enjoys can be sustained’’, he said.
Abubakar advised Nigerians to imbibe the culture of mutual tolerance and respect and to show love to one another especially to the displaced persons.
He commended the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API), for its continuous support to the IDPs in Yola, adding that they were using the association to bring succour to the IDPs.
The former vice president assured the IDPs that peace would reign supreme again.
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