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Insurgency: FG Redeems N5bn Pledge To Victims Support Fund

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja directed the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, to facilitate the immediate release of the N5billion pledged by the Federal Government since August 2014 for the Victims Support Fund (VSF).

President Buhari gave the directive after receiving a briefing from the VSF Presidential Committee headed by Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.) at the Presidential Villa.

General Danjuma had told the President that out of the N55.92 billion pledged at the fund-raising dinner for the Fund in August last year, N33.54 billion was still outstanding, including N5 billion from the Federal Government.

He said that the VSF currently has N23.33 billion in four bank accounts and that the Committee received approval from the immediate past administration to incorporate the fund into a Trust Fund, to “insulate it from political interference”.

General Danjuma had urged the President to use his office to persuade all organisations and individuals to honour their pledges to the Committee.

President Buhari urged the Committee to ensure proper coordination with other government agencies providing support and assistance to victims of terrorism.

The President assured General Danjuma and members of the VSF Committee that his administration was taking proactive steps to defeat terrorism in the country.

He said that despite the challenge of acquiring much needed strategic equipment and weapons to confront the terrorists, the Nigerian military has recently gained much ground in its effort to defeat and degrade Boko Haram.

He added that the full deployment of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), under the auspices of member-states of Lake Chad Basin

Commission, will further boost ongoing military operations against the insurgents.