Boko Haram: FG Will Resettle IDPs Soon, Says Osinbajo


BEVERLY HILLS, July 01, (THEWILL) – The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), said on Wednesday that the Federal Government will soon resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) displaced by Boko Haram back to their various communities to enable them pick up their lives once again.

Speaking with journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, where he had gone to see how the over 1.5 million IDPs in the state were faring, the vice president maintained that the essence of government was security and welfare of its people.

Osinbajo, who visited the Dalori camp, one of the 22 IDPs camps; University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), and the palace of the Shehu of Borno, while in the state capital, said the visit had opened his eyes to the challenges of the IDPs thus enabling him to tackle those challenges adequately.

Osinbajo , who commended the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) as well as the Borno State Government for their assistance to the IDPs, assured that the Federal Government would help the IDPs in finding their feet after being resettled.

Addressing the IDPs earlier at one of the camps, the Vice President said: “I am here in Borno State and in particular in this camp on the specific instructions of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, who out of great concern for the well-being and the welfare of men, children and women in this camp, has asked me to come to join the governor and see for myself what exactly is going on in the IDP camps, not just in Borno but both Yobe and Adamawa States which have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.”

Osinbajo stated further: “The President is extremely concerned, especially about the welfare of women and children and other displaced persons and in particular those who are here in Borno State.

“He wanted me to go round and even have some conversation today with the displaced persons who are in this camp.

“From the report and from the brief interaction that I have had, it is quite clear that there has been a great human suffering and extreme trauma…

“The Federal Government of Nigeria stands ready to play our part in leading the effort that would ensure that the people of the state and the people of the North who have been traumatised and displaced are not left to suffer for much longer.