So, it is coming to light that the vast majority of almost 2 million Nigerians driven from their homes by the conflict inflicted by Boko Haram are not willing to return.

An aid agency, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said in a report on Wednesday that 86% of internally displaced people were not ready to return home in the immediate future due to security concerns.

Insecurity is cited by 84% of them as the main reason for wanting to stay put, it said.

Only about 6 in 10 people said they wanted to return to their villages at some point, but could not do so now, the NRC report said.

Many of the displaced say they have tried to return home, only to be forced to flee to safer camps and cities due to re-surging attacks by Boko Haram.

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"While the end game is for communities to return home, the unfortunate truth is that pushing people back now will have harmful consequences,"

Jan Egeland, NRC secretary general, said in a statement.

"Although Boko Haram in recent months has increased its attacks on displaced people, they still feel safer in camps and urban centres than in their communities", Egeland added.

This report follows the Nigerian government and military repeatedly touting that the insurgency has been “defeated”.

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