‘Nigeria will fully rehabilitate Boko Haram victims’
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Nairobi, Kenya, assured that the country would diligently ensure full rehabilitation of victims of Boko Haram, and find lasting solutions to combat threats of terrorism.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari was speaking at the opening of the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), in Nairobi.
The president reaffirmed that Boko Haram terrorists had been degraded, even as the reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country had been receiving immediate attention.
While acknowledging Japanese assistance through UNICEF in the rehabilitation of the victims of Boko Haram, he commended development partners for their work geared toward improving the lives of some two million IDPs in the country.
“The bottom line is that these problems are our primary responsibility. We must tackle them and find lasting solutions for ourselves,’’ he said, adding that international cooperation with Nigeria was central in the decimation of Boko Haram terror group.
He continued, ‘’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 getting the over two million IDPs, re-integrated with their families and their original homes,’’ he said.
On the gains of TICAD, the president noted that partnerships between Africa and Japan would help create and improve investment opportunities in industries, agriculture, information technology, science and technology among others for the good of the continent and investors from Japan.