Intensify efforts to eradicate Boko Haram remnants, Buhari charges armed forces, inaugurates humanitarian committee




Buhari with Service Chiefs


President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the federal government would ensure that permanent peace and stability returned to the troubled Northeast, and charged the armed forces to make clinical finishing of the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents.
Speaking Thursday at the inauguration of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) at the State House in Abuja, the president said rehabilitation of devastated communities is set to begin in earnest.


 “As a result of the mindless actions of the terrorists, many of our compatriots have been killed, maimed, or displaced from their communities. This necessitated the efforts of this Administration to develop immediate interventions and measures to alleviate the sufferings of those affected, and to ensure their proper resettlement,” he said.
He said the need to harmonise all humanitarian in the region for greater effectiveness informed the establishment of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development last year (2019) with the mandate to develop humanitarian policies and provide effective coordination of National and International humanitarian interventions, among others.


“Because, what we receive from NGOs sometimes does not permeate, does not go down to the people there…So I got documents from intellectuals so that we could set up a ministry  that will coordinate the of NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) and others, so that the resources can be properly accounted for.

“This is the reason the ministry was set up so that the minister will account to the Federal Executive Council and make sure that the resources are properly utilized,” he said.
The president lauded local and international partners for their assistance over time, assuring them of continued government .
“I commend the support of our friends and partners who have over the years provided humanitarian assistance to our people in need. At the same time, I also seek their understanding in situations where our sovereignty and national security require more pragmatic and proper consideration.
“This government will continue to evolve ways of ensuring that all humanitarian actors receive the necessary support to carry out their safely, in line with established principles and taking cognizance of our national security imperatives,” he said.


He said it was in realization of the need for a smooth working relationship that government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, approved a “Civil-Security Coordination workshop to provide a platform for all the stakeholders, to deliberate and agree on frameworks and guidelines for civil security coordination in humanitarian action.”
The president also praised the Armed Forces for their efforts so far, calling on them to intensify actions to bring an end to the insurgency in the country.
“I wish to commend our Armed Forces for their towards eliminating the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists and securing the affected communities for the resettlement and rehabilitation of affected populations. I urge our Armed Forces to put more efforts to bring the insurgency to a speedy conclusion,” he said.


In her remarks, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadia Umar Faruq, who is also the chairman of the committee, said there is a global humanitarian crisis as available statistics indicate there are 70.8 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) all over the world.

“In the Northeast, it is estimated that 2.2million people have been displaced, which presents a serious humanitarian challenge.
“This crisis coupled with coordination gaps in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria and clashes between security and humanitarian actors have brought about the existence of NHCC as one of the mechanisms of Civil-Security Coordination,” she said.
The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), would co-chair the committee.

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