In honor of this year’s World Refugee Day, which was commemorated earlier this month, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed the declaration declaring Lagos as one of the “Cities With Refugees” on Monday.
The 20th of June is designated as World Refugee Day each year as a day to commemorate and honor refugees and other vulnerable people who have fled their home countries due to war or persecution and are now seeking shelter or protection.
With the signing of the statement, Lagos has overtaken Abuja as the second city in Nigeria that the UNHCR has acknowledged as housing refugees.
Sanwo-Olu stated that the State will continue to be a welcoming location for refugees and give economically displaced people who were genuinely trying to start over new possibilities.
During a commemorative event held in Lagos to mark World Refugees Day, the Governor made the commitment. At the occasion, Sanwo-Olu also acknowledged Lagos as a city with refugees by signing a document.
An estimated 84,000 refugees from other African nations have arrived in Nigeria. Lagos is now receiving 611 asylum seekers and 1,656 registered refugees from 34 different countries; the majority of these people have been absorbed into local communities to begin a new life.
According to Sanwo-Olu, Lagos views providing protection to refugees as a moral duty enshrined in human rights rather than a privilege. He claimed that regardless of a person’s gender, age, nationality, religion, or place of origin, the State had maintained a non-discriminatory policy to uphold their rights when seeking safety.
“As a Government, it is heartening to see that Lagos is a city of refugees,” he remarked. I further promise that we will keep making the State a city that welcomes refugees and a place where those who have a sincere desire to rebuild their lives can find opportunity. My administration will continue to offer protection and the environment necessary for displaced people to improve their well-being as a government official.
“We will not take any action that will make anyone uncomfortable living in the State, regardless of their political beliefs, religion, ethnicity, or gender. Everyone seeking safety from violent disputes in our communities is welcome.