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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hailed the sacrifices of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in conflict areas in Nigeria. Receiving the International President of the organisation, Dr Christos Christou, at the State House, Abuja, the President said the sacrifices the doctors were making as individuals and as a group, particularly on non-profit basis, were quite enormous,

Commenting specifically on the situation in the Northeast, President Buhari said despite criticisms, the government has made substantial progress.
“We know the pathetic situation of children not knowing where their parents are or the communities they come from, and that was why we established the new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. This is to harness and channel resources to such deprived people,” he declared.

The President promised that respite and succour would come to all the troubled areas, adding that many prominent and well-to-do organisations were also involved, along with international agencies.“We are grateful to you. We will secure the environment in order for you to do your job. You are not doing it for profit. We remain very appreciative,” Buhari said.

Christou said Doctors Without Borders has been active in Nigeria since 1996, adding that it is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.The organisation presently works in 10 states across the country. It adheres strictly to the principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality, among others. Its budget for year 2020 is N17.7 billion, and 90 per cent of its 3, 000 staff are Nigerians.

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