President Muhammadu Buhari in a gathering with the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, on the State House in Abuja in January 24, 2020.
The President believes the nation will certainly put the problems related to the troubles within the Northeast so as and transfer forward, though it’d take a bit longer.
President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged this whereas receiving the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, on Friday on the State House in Abuja.
“We have the experience of the civil war. I could recall the role of the military, the army each commander had in his pocket; how to behave himself and how to allow international bodies like yourself to go round and see for themselves that people are treated in the most humane way,” he was quoted as saying in a press release by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.
The President added, “We have this experience and I assure you that we also have this confidence in your organisation. That is why I feel that Nigeria is capable of handling this crisis; it may take long, but we are capable of handling it.
“If we were capable to fight a 30-month civil war and reorganised our country, I wonder why people are thinking that Nigeria cannot do it. I assure you of Nigeria’s commitment to enhance and deepen cooperation with the EU in all areas.
“Our priorities in the next level is to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are rehabilitated so that livelihood should be established and the children should not lose the opportunity to go back to school, which is very important for the future of that area and Nigeria generally.”
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President Buhari additionally appreciated the current assembly in Germany which deliberated on the happenings in Libya.
He was apprehensive concerning the weapons reaching the Sahel and the instability they trigger, stressing that Libya has a direct influence on the steadiness of the Sahel.
“Look at the casualties in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali; as for Boko Haram, we try to disabuse the mind of the people and I think our people now understand the basic dishonesty in it. With my experience personally in the civil war, I am sure we will get over it,” the President stated.
He was additionally assured that the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, would do a splendid job in managing the assorted humanitarian points evolving from the North-East.
President Buhari stated, “I assure you that we are aware of these problems and we will continue to do our best. The newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs is coordinating NEMA and others, to make sure that whatever resources we get are well utilised.
“The ministry will be accountable to the government instead of having too many bodies doing the same thing. We are also reaching out to foreign countries explaining to them our position, and we are confident we will get over it.”
On his half, the EU commissioner harassed that Nigeria performs a giant position within the African continent and globally in financial, social and different spheres.
He, subsequently, requested for the event of a plan between the EU and Nigeria in regards to the points within the North-East.
Lenarcic stated he had visited Borno State and appreciates authorities’s efforts to finish the battle there.
“We would like to support your efforts,” he instructed the President, including, “We believe all relevant actors; military, civilian as well as humanitarian should come together.”
“In conditions resembling what we’ve within the North-East, worldwide legislation and worldwide humanitarian legislation ought to apply.
“We consider in your efforts to finish the battle; navy effort alone in all probability won’t be ample with out figuring out and addressing the socio-economic elements inflicting it,“ the EU commissioner added.