The Kaleidoscope Business Project has urged governments at all levels in Nigeria to prioritise the well-being of immigrants and refugees in the country.
Chief (Dcns) Linda Middleton made the plea in commemoration of the Refugees Awareness Month.
Chief Middleton in a statement issued Monday, June 27, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia said Nigeria should remain open and continue to provide non-discriminatory assistance to all displaced persons seeking the safety of their lives from violent conflicts and disasters.
She said: “This role must be played in line with international laws to which Nigeria is a signatory. There are an estimated 84,000 refugees settled in Nigeria from other African countries.
“Nigeria should remain a refugee-friendly country and provide economic opportunities to displaced persons legitimately seeking to rebuild their lives and integrate them into communities to start a new life.
“Nigeria should also continue to maintain a non-discriminatory policy to enforce the rights of persons seeking safety, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, religion and origin.
“No matter the political belief, religion, tribe or gender of anyone seeking safety in our communities from violent conflicts, we should not do anything that will make them uncomfortable living in the country.
“Once we give the refugees social protection, we believe they can use their talents and energy to flourish, thereby contributing their own quota to the development of their host communities and the country’s economic growth.”
June of every year has been recognised as the Refugee Awareness Month to honour the strength and courage of refugees.
It is also held to encourage public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their homelands because of conflict or natural disaster.