President Buhari seeks UN assistance on IDPs
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 20, 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari has described as disheartening the number of people that have been displaced from their ancestral homes due to the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s northeast.
The Nigerian leader made the statement on Monday at the opening of high level plenary on Addressing Movements of Refugees and Migrants at the UN Headquarters in New York.He said over six hundred thousand have turned refugees in neighbouring countries, with two million displaced within the northeast.
While seeking the UN assistance on the plight of the IDPs, the President pledges Nigeria’s commitment to working with the international community in addressing the issues of movements of refugees and migrants.He also promised that his administration will make efforts to meet the immediate needs of the Internally Displaced People.
He listed some interventions of the government to include; the Presidential Intervention Committee on Rehabilitation of the North-East; the Victims Support Fund; the Safe Schools Initiative and the proposed North-East Development Commission currently undergoing legislative process.