Osinbajo defies Boko Haram threat, takes aid to IDPs
By Abiodun Ogundairo
12 June 2017 | 1:22 pm
Hours after attacks on a community and some areas in Maiduguri by the Boko Haram insurgents, acting president Yemi Osinbajo defied the presumed security threat to flagging off federal government’s emergency food intervention for the Northeast in Borno State.
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Borno state, in northeastern Nigeria, has been ravaged by a deadly conflict between the military and Boko Haram jihadists for more than a decade. Last autumn, the authorities announced that they wanted to close the Borno refugee camps as they claimed the insurgency was almost eradicated. However, in recent months, deadly attacks have taken place on the outskirts of the regional capital Maiduguri. Our team met some of the two million displaced people who have fled the fighting.
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