President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday at the State House in Abuja inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative saying the worst of the Boko Haram insurgency was over.
He noted that the inauguration of the committee chaired by former Defence Minister, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) marked an important milestone in his administration’s desire and determination to restore normalcy and stability to the north-east.
Buhari said an estimated 20,000 persons were killed, an estimated 2.4 million displaced as well as billions of naira worth of personal and public assets destroyed by the insurgency.
He said many humanitarian interventions had worked to bring succour to the internally displaced persons but there remained a need for better coordination of such efforts, particularly the humanitarian resettlement and reconstruction of the region.
“However and sadly so, many have nothing to return to. They have lost everything to the insurgency. In addition, social and public services are also absent due to the massive destruction of public and private infrastructure,” he said.
In his remarks, Danjuma stated that most of the northeast “is today in a precarious situation and is in dire need of humanitarian support, reconstruction and peace building interventions.”
He said the president’s assessment of the situation in the region justified his (Buhari’s) prescription of the remedy in establishing the committee.