About Yola, Nigeria

Adamawa, Nigeria
Adamawa, Nigeria

Adamawa is a state in northeastern Nigeria, with its capital at Yola. It was formed in 1991 from part of Gongola State with four administrative divisions: Adamawa, Ganye, Mubi and Numan. It is the home of the American University of Nigeria in Yola and Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola. It is one of the thirty-six states which constitute the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

On May 14 2013, a state of emergency was declared in Adamawa State, along with neighboring Borno State and Yobe State, due to the activities of Boko Haram.

Impact of Islamist insurgency

Adamawa State has been impacted by the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria. As of late 2014, the state has become home to camps housing an estimated 35,000 internally displaced persons fleeing violence from Boko Haram in locations such as Mubi, Madagali, Askira Uba, Bama, and Gwoza, in the states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. An additional 300,000 internally displaced persons are settled in and around Yola, living with friends and relatives while receiving food donations from the American University of Nigeria and it’s partners including interfaith groups.

Organizations serving the community include the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API), a group of business, religious and community leaders, and the Adamawa Muslim Council. The United States Agency for International Development works wit AUN – API to provide ongoing humanitarian Assistance.