Nigeria Will Achieve Full Rehabilitation of Boko Haram Victims – President Buhari




President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Nairobi,
Kenya, assured that Nigeria would diligently ensure full
rehabilitation of Boko Haram victims and find lasting
solutions to combat threats of terrorism.
A statement issued by the president’s Senior Special
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu,
said Buhari was speaking at the opening of the 6th Tokyo
International Conference on African Development in
Nairobi.
Buhari reaffirmed that Boko Haram terrorists had been
degraded, even as the reintegration of Internally Displaced
Persons in the country had been receiving immediate
attention.
While acknowledging Japanese assistance through UNICEF
in the rehabilitation of the victims of Boko Haram, the
President commended development partners for their work
geared toward improving the lives of some two million
IDPs in the country.
He said, “The bottom line is that these problems are our
primary responsibility. We must tackle them and find
lasting solutions for ourselves.”
He added that international cooperation with Nigeria was
central in the decimation of Boko Haram terror group.
”I took over the mantle of leadership in Nigeria when the
North eastern part of the country was being ravaged by
Boko Haram.
He said, ”However, soon after assumption of office, our
administration with the support of our immediate
neighbours – Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin- and
international partners including Japan, faced the challenge
frontally.”
As I speak the terror group has been decimated and life is
beginning to return to normal in the affected region.
He said, “The challenge we currently face which is also
being addressed, is that of the IDPs which number over
two million to get them re-integrated with their families and
their original homes.”
On global health issues which are a major focal point of
the summit, President Buhari thanked the government of
Japan for contributing $800 million to the fight against
malaria, tuberculosis among others.
The contribution is part of the $1.3 billion made available
to the Nigerian Health Sector by the Global Fund.
On the gains of TICAD, the President said that partnerships
between Africa and Japan would help create and improve
investment opportunities in industries, agriculture,
information technology, science and technology among
others for the good of the continent and investors from
Japan.
He said, “In view of the challenges Africa is facing, the
imperative for a viable partnership like the Tokyo
International Conference on African Development cannot
be over emphasised.
“Today, many countries in Africa including the oil
producing ones are wisely seeking to diversify their
economies away from mono-cropping.
“In Nigeria, our administration has already taken concrete
steps to diversify the economy by making agriculture not
just a development programme but a thriving business.
“Investing in the economies of this continent, especially
through Public-Private-Partnership can contribute to
building capacity for our economies.”
According to the statement, the two-day summit with the
theme: ‘‘Advancing Africa’s Sustainable Development
Agenda-TICAD Partnership for Prosperity”, is being held
outside of Japan for the first time since its inception in
1993.
It stated that among other things, TICAD aimed to solve
Africa’s development problems through quality technology
in the health, industry, agriculture and environment
sectors.
“A draft declaration to be adopted at end of the summit will
seek to combat the growing threats of terrorism, conflicts
and violent radicalism through the promotion of education
and job creation.”
The summit is being attended by Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzo Abe, some 35 African leaders and chief executives
of at least 80 major companies from Japan.

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