Buhari assures on rehabilitation of Boko Haram victims

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the international community of his government’s resolve to diligently ensure full rehabilitation of victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

This is coming just as the President has stated that the current government will also work assiduously to find lasting solutions to threats of terrorism in the country.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari spoke at the opening of the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), in Nairobi, Kenya.

He insisted that Boko Haram terrorists had been degraded but that reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country had been receiving huge and immediate attention.

While acknowledging the Japanese Government’s support through UNICEF in the rehabilitation of Boko Haram victims, President Buhari commended development partners for their work geared toward improving the lives of about two million IDPs in the country.

He said, “The bottom line is that these problems are our primary responsibility. We must tackle them and find lasting solutions for ourselves.

“I took over the mantle of leadership in Nigeria when the North eastern part of the country was being ravaged by Boko Haram.

”However, soon after assumption of office, our administration with the support of our immediate neighbours — Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin- and international partners including Japan, faced the challenge frontally.

“As I speak the terror group has been decimated and life is beginning to return to normal in the affected region. The challenge we currently face which is also being addressed, is that of the IDPs which number over two million to get them re-integrated with their families and their original homes.”

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