My Administration Will Restore Confidence In IDPs – President Buhari




President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said his
administration will restore confidence in Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) by fast-tracking their voluntary
return, rehabilitation and reintegration into the society.
This was contained in press release issued by the Special
Adviser to the President, on Media and Publicity, Femi
Adesina.
Receiving the outgoing Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria,
Mr Asharaf Abdelkader Salama at State House, President
Buhari commended Egypt for identifying with challenges
confronting the country, especially the plight of IDPs, which
has remained a topmost priority for the Nigerian
Government.
“The displaced persons want to go back to their homes.
They want to resume their normal lives. They want to go
back to the land, which they have not cultivated for over
three years now.
“We will work to restore their confidence, and also work on
infrastructure, so that they can quickly resettle,” President
Buhari said.
The President noted that the bond of friendship between
Nigeria and Egypt was very strong as demonstrated in their
growing cooperation on regional and international issues.
In his remarks, Mr. Salama, who spent four years in
Nigeria, said he was the first foreign diplomat to travel by
road from Maiduguri to Yobe State, North Eastern Nigeria,
last month.
He told the President he was proud to have made the
journey through an area once considered a stronghold of
Boko Haram terrorists, following the successes recorded
by the Nigerian military fighting insurgents in the region.
He described the people of Nigeria as “friendly and
generous,” saying he hoped to be back in the country
again.
President Buhari also received the outgoing Ambassadors
of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and
Tanzania.
During the audience with Ambassador Oubi Bachir of
SADR, President Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s support for
Sahrawi people’s self-determination and independence.
Ambassador Bachir’s duty tour to Nigeria spanned eight
years during which he served as the Dean of the Diplomatic
Corps.
On Tanzania, President Buhari told the High Commissioner
Daniel Ole Njoolay, that the east African country was
fortunate to have a leader who cared so much for the less
privileged in the society.
The President said Tanzania was blessed with good land
and gas, which could be used for the good people of the
country.
Ambassador Njoolay spent two years and eight months in
the country.

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