Boko Haram: Reintegrating 2 Million Displaced Nigerians A Major Challenge – Buhari

Boko Haram: Reintegrating 2 Million Displaced Nigerians A Major Challenge – Buhari

By Ogala Osoka | Staff Reporter on August 27, 2016
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, August 27, 2016, revealed that one of his greatest challenges when it comes to the war against Boko Haram is the rehabilitation and reintegration of over two million Nigerians who have been displaced by the terrorism campaign perpetrated by Boko Haram.

According to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, a spokesperson, the president who spoke at the opening of the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), Nairobi, Kenya, had said that the integration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country has been receiving immediate attention, adding that Boko Haram terrorist had been degraded.

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

“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,” Buhari said.

President Buhari also praised development partners for their work that has been channeled towards the betterment of about two million IDPs within the country, while acknowledging the Japanese Government for supporting the nation through UNICEF in the rehabilitation of victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

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