North-East insurgency will soon end like the civil war — Buhari
President Buhari on Friday January 24, promised that the insurgency witnessed in the North-East region of the country will soon end just like the civil war.
The Nigerian leader who said this while receiving the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic at the state house in Abuja stated that Nigeria overcame similar challenges in the past.
In a statement released by his media aide Femi Adesina, President Buhari said the Libyan crisis has had an adverse effect in countries in the Sahel region.
Buhari who pointed out the activities of some terror groups in Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso in recent times, added that the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will effectively take care of all challenges arising from insurgency in the country.
The statement read in parts;
“If we were capable to fight a 30-month civil war and reorganised our country, I wonder why people are thinking that Nigeria cannot do it.
“I assure you of Nigeria’s commitment to enhance and deepen cooperation with the EU in all areas.
“Our priorities in the next level is to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, are rehabilitated so that livelihood should be established and the children should not lose the opportunity to go back to school, which is very important for the future of that area and Nigeria generally.
“We have the experience of the civil war. I could recall the role of the military, the army, each commander had in his pocket how to behave himself and how to allow international bodies like yourself to go round and see for themselves that people are treated in the most humane way. We have this experience and I assure you that we also have this confidence in your organisation. That is why I feel that Nigeria is capable of handling this crisis, it may take long but we are capable of handling it.
“The important thing really is weapons reaching the Sahel; the instability it is causing. Look at the casualties in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali; Libya has a direct impact on the stability of the Sahel. As for Boko Haram, we try to disabuse the mind of the people and I think our people now understand the basic dishonesty in it. With my experience personally in the civil war, I am sure we will get over it.
“I assure you that we are aware of these problems and we will continue to do our best. The newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs is coordinating NEMA and others, to make sure that whatever resources we get are well utilised. The ministry will be accountable to the government instead of having too many bodies doing the same thing. We are also reaching out to foreign countries explaining to them our position, and we are confident we will get over it.”