President Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday, January 1, disclosed that a committee to rehabilitate infrastructure and resettle Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in the North-East sub-region will soon be formally inaugurated.
According to a press statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the committee will be led by a frontline statesman, Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, a retired lieutenant general, and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
Speaking at the state house, Abuja, in response to a goodwill message delivered to him by Women In Politics Forum (WIPF), President Buhari announced that all forms of assistance and aid in this respect generated locally and from foreign countries as promised by the group of seven of industrialised countries (G7) will be channelled through the committee when it is inaugurated.
He said he had compiled a list of damaged infrastructure, including schools and bridges and handed it to the leaders of the G7 and the United States, adding that “I didn’t ask for a Kobo (in cash). It is up to them to choose what they will undertake. Already, some of them have sent teams to verify our assertions.”
Buhari also lamented the impact of terrorist group, Boko Haram activities on women and children, declaring that they are the biggest casualties of the terrorists.
He said: “In the North-East, what I saw for myself and on those clips is a source of concern for people with conscience, they are mostly women, and children who are orphaned. Some of them don’t even know where they come from. This is the pathetic situation in which the country has found itself.”
He said the fight for the return of the Chibok girls was ongoing and “continues to be a most worrying issue” to his government, emphasizing that the administration will do all within its powers in making the best efforts to secure their freedom.