President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and its agencies to address urgent threats posed by explosive remnants in the North East region.
Buhari issued the directive on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2022, in Maiduguri, Borno, on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
Equally important, Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen.
Correspondingly, the President affirmed the government’s commitment to reducing the effect of disasters; climate change, insurgency, and challenges of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Also, Buhari directed the Ministry and its agencies to pay particular attention to emerging issues; amid the return and rehabilitation of Nigerians displaced in the 13-year conflict and insurgency in the region.
He said: ”The emerging issues include the increasing number of orphans and widows.
”From our experience in the unfortunate Civil War; I know the threat that unexploded ordnances can pose to returnees even after the conflict has ended…We saw…the latest IED incident in Bama just last week.
”I urge the Ministry and its agencies as well as State Governments and the Special Committee I have set up under the Chairmanship of the Vice President to come up with specific programmes and projects.
”These projects would respond to these emerging challenges of explosive ordnance; as well as that of children orphaned by insurgency.”
Meanwhile, on the fight against insurgency, Buhari reiterated his directive to security agencies to take the fight to the hideouts of criminal elements; even as he urged them to ”they are completely eliminated.”
Specifically, he said: ”The Men and Officers of Operation Lafiya Dole, security agencies and the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), are very much appreciated for their commitment to the fight against insurgency.
”I commend their professionalism and tactical penetration to the hideout of the criminal elements; leading to appreciable improvement of the security situation in this North East Region; without which the resettlement of the IDP’s would not be possible.
”Therefore, I implore you not to relent in your efforts.
”Continue to take the fight to their hideouts, and ensure they are completely eliminated.
”Also, I implore you to ensure adequate security for farmers in their farming activities. Agricultural activities are most needed for settlement and development of the rural areas…This can only be achieved if the farmers are sure of their safety.”