Buhari with Commanders prosecuting the ‘war’ against Boko Haram during his recent visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring that peace and stability return to the North-East of the country so that rehabilitation can start soon.
Speaking at the inauguration of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) in State House, Abuja, on Thursday, the President said the rehabilitation of devastated communities would soon begin.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari lauded the armed forces for the sacrifices they had put into the fight against insurgency so far and lamented the dislocation the insurgency had inflicted on the people of the region.
President Buhari noted that the need to harmonise all humanitarian activities in the region for greater effectiveness informed the establishment of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in 2019 with the mandate to develop humanitarian policies and provide effective coordination of National and International humanitarian interventions, among others.
He said, “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 activities 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.”
President Buhari lauded local and international partners for their assistance over time, assuring them of continued government commitment.
“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 activities safely, in line with established principles and taking cognizance of our national security imperatives,” President Buhari assured.
He added that 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.”
In the remarks of the 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, 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) will co-chair the committee.