IDP attacks: President Buhari aims for swift relocation

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria is to intensify efforts to enable people displaced by terrorists in the North-East part of the country return to their homes.

President Muhammadu Buhari made the pledge at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he received the President of Germany, Joachim Guack, who currently on a visit to Nigeria.

President Buhari, who was reacting to the recent suicide bomb attack on Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, said relocation would help address the plight of those affected by insurgency.

President Mohammadu Bughari said the return of displaced persons to their homes was a major concern of government and everything would be done to achieve that.

He said the terrorists, who had been dislodged by the Nigerian Armed Forces and could no longer carry out conventional attacks, had now resorted to attacking soft targets.

“Our efforts have to be redoubled to make sure that the people in the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps get rehabilitated, especially the children. More than sixty percent of the two million people in the IDP camps are women and children; this is the pathetic situation that the leadership of this government is facing. The least we should do is to quickly resettle them,” President Buhari stated.

President Buhari said communities once held by boko haram, have been liberated and no Local Government in the country was under their control now.

He thanked Germany and the G7 for showing tremendous support to Nigeria in the fight against insurgency and the health sector.

He said:“We sincerely thank Germany for the help they gave us in terms of what happened during Ebola and Polio scourge, which they are still giving us, coupled now by the health situation in the IDPs camps and the North-East generally. Similarly, the G7 invited me on the week I was inaugurated as President, to discuss the Boko Haram menace. This shows the genuine concern the G7 has on the security in Nigeria.”

President Buhari used the opportunity to seek for Germany’s support in in its quest to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

$50m assistance

The German President, Joachim Guack, has announced Europe’s assistance of fifty million dollars to Nigeria for the fight against boko haram.

“Nigeria has made it very clear that it is in a determined way that the country wants to fight boko haram. It is a very good approach that you have chosen and that is something for which we will also make a very good financial support we, which is to say Europe will support that initiative by making available $50 million,” he pledged.

President Guack, who pledged Germany’s continued support to displaced persons, also said good governance and development could help end insurgency.

He commended President Buhari’s fight against corruption.

“I acknowledge President Buhari’s personal engagement in the determined fight against corruption which is indeed a big task and I wish him success. I’m very grateful for the fact that freedom of Press and freedom of opinion are guaranteed in Nigeria,” the German President said.

President Guack pledged the support of German companies operating in Nigeria, towards the revamping of Nigerian industries.