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Displaced Nigerians think of food and eating, not about voting in presidential election

ABUJA – As the federal republic of Nigeria moves closer to presidential election in the next few days, insecurity is one of the key campaigns issues many politicians are promising to solve in the country’s elections this week.

However, in the country’s north-east, Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been fighting government forces for the past 10 years with no end in sight.

The government’s failure to deal with the terror group has imposed intolerable suffering on hundreds of thousands of Nigerians. 

The conflict there has left more than 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and almost two million people forced from their homes.

As the election approaches, those that have been displaced by the conflict have no interest in the political and democratic process.  Instead, they are concerned and worried about food.

Dwellings of the IDPs in Northern Nigeria

“The Nigerian government abandoned us”, they said.
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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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