Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has visited Chadian President Idriss Debby to seek support in the repatriation of Borno refugees in the country.
Thousands of Borno residents displaced by Boko Haram insurgents had fled to Chad for safety.
The governor met the Chadian President on Wednesday in the presence of the Nigerian ambassador to Chad Zannah Kolo.
Received at the presidential palace in N’Djamena, Zulum said: “I am here in Chad to see our people currently taking refuge at the Darsalam camp in Baga Sola. We met them yesterday (Tuesday).
“Our people are doing very well, the government of Chad is taking care of them. So I am here to express appreciation to the president for his generosity towards our people here in Chad. We have also discussed how we can voluntarily repatriate our people back to Nigeria.
“Basically we are here for three things: meet our people, thank the government of Chad, and intensify collaborative efforts to repatriate those who are willing to be safely resettled in different parts of Borno.”
According to a statement by the governor’s media aide Isa Gusau, Zulum was in Chad back in January to meet commanders of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) over the fight against Boko Haram.