The Nigerian Army with the collaboration of foreign mercenaries are recording victories and declaring more and more towns captured from the hands of Boko Haram, however the question still remains if it is really safe for the residents of those towns to go back.
The about 1.5 million displaced people scattered in different locations in and outside Nigeria believe it is too early for them to go back as they have lost everything. To return and start a new life before the rainy season in June would prove a serious challenge.
As the presidential election draws closer, the question of voters' safety on polling day remains unanswered as some parts of Borno State have seen fresh attacks and suicide bombings of recent.
Samson Ibrahim, Farmer from Garkida Village, Adamawa State: [We question] if elections will hold, and from the rumors, we are hearing that our villages are still not safe. There is no way we will go back there, But, if we have no assurance that the Army is in full control of the area, then no problem. By God’s grace we will go back, because we too want to vote.
Samsom Ibrahim, Farmer from Garkida Village, Adamawa State: We have our candidates, and we want to vote them; but this situation will affect them. If we are not able to go back and vote, it then means we are automatically disfranchised from the electoral process. Our prayer is that our villages will be safe enough for us to go back and vote. We were planning to go back but then we heard that it is not totally safe for us to go, so we pray that peace will return so we can go home and vote.