Buhari Inaugurates Committee On North East Initiative

muhammadu-buhari-addresses-northeast-initiative-committeePresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated a committee that will ensure that the huge population of Nigerians who have no homes following their displacement by Boko Haram return home.

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The committee led by General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating reconstruction efforts of the region which has been ravaged by insurgents.

According to the President, the committee will operate for only three years.

“The committee will be the apex coordinating body for all interventions in the region, including those of the family, national and international development partners.

“The committee is domiciled in the presidency and it is charged with the responsibility for developing the strategy, implementation framework for rebuilding the northeast region.

“It will exist for a period of three years while after it, it is envisaged that a long term regional development framework or entity may be established,” President Buhari stressed.

He called on the committee to approach their task with transparency.

Request For Virement Of Funds

The inauguration of the committee is coming a day after President Buhari in a letter to the National Assembly sought the lawmakers’ approval for virement of funds appropriated for special intervention to be used to fund some recurrent and capital items.

In the letter, he sought 180 billion Naira to cover the shortfalls in recurrent and capital expenditure.

It was read on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives Chambers.

Funding of the Presidential Initiative on North East is part of the expenditure listed in the letter.

The President also stated that the fund virement was needed to cover for the inadequacies in the National Youth Service Corps budget where an additional 8.5 billion Naira is required to cover the backlog of 129,469 corps members who are currently due for call up but would otherwise be left out till next year due to funding constraints.

In the letter read by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, President Buhari said the Special Intervention Fund would also fund Service Wide Votes for Police Academy, Operation Lafiya Dole, Subsidy and the Nigerian Air Force among others.

The National Assembly is expected to deliberate on the letter in the coming days.

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UNICEF fears over 40,000 children, nursing mothers and pregnant women in the northeast may die before end of year due to high rate of malnutrition

Over two million persons have been displaced in the northeast in the heat of  the over six years insurgency of Boko Haram terrorists.

UNICEF has raised alarm over humanitarian crisis in the region, with huge malnutrition cases recorded among children, nursing mothers and pregnant women.

Addressing the United Nations Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on the Movements of Refugees and Migrants President Buhari described as disheartening the number of people that have been displaced from their ancestral homes due to the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s northeast.

He said over 600,000 have turned refugees in neighbouring countries, with two million displaced within the northeast.

President Buhari, however, expressed concern that the refugee problem is coming at a time the world economy is shrinking.

Danjuma Seeks Nigerians’ Support For IDPs In Northeast

Theophilus-DanjumaThe Chairman of Victims Support Fund, General Theophilus Danjuma, has appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and donor agencies to assist the Federal Government in re-building the northeast devastated by the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Speaking at the 6th Annual National Security Seminar organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College, General Danjuma said that rebuilding the northeast would require over two trillion Naira.

He advised the Federal Government to focus on structural systems that would de-radicalise and ensure the protection of youths from being indoctrinated by extremists.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Danjuma Sheni, advocated the need for a quick resettlement of the victims of Boko Haram.

President and Commandant of the Alumni Association of the College, Brigadier General Jonathan Temlong and Rear Admiral Samuel Alade respectively, expressed concerns about the increasing number of displaced persons.

With over one million displaced persons said to be taking refuge in neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger under dehumanising conditions, an urgent steps to resolve the issue of IDPs would be a welcome development by many Nigerians.

Danjuma Harps On National Integration

DanjumaA former Minister of Defence and statesman, General Theophilus Danjuma (IRtd), has called on Nigerians to revisit the history of the diverse ethnic groups living together for better understanding of the concept of national integration.

General Danjuma made the call on Saturday during the 20th anniversary of the Emir of Umaisha’s ascension to the throne.

General Danjuma educated the gathering about the relationship between the people of Nasarawa State and the Kwararafa kingdom in Taraba State.

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, also joined in the call for peace and harmony.

Governor Al-makura recommended his kind of commitment to one indivisible country during the civil war to Nigerians for emulation.

FG Releases N3bn To Victims Of 2011 Post-Election Violence In Kaduna

KadunaThe Federal Government has released the sum of N3bn for disbursement to victims of the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna State.

Governor Mukhtar Yero made the disclosure on Saturday at the 40th anniversary of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on the throne, held at the Emir’s palace, Zaria, Kaduna State.

Governor Yero, said the money which was already in the coffers of the state government will soon be disbursed to the affected victims accordingly.

He stressed the need for people to live in peace with one another to enable government at all levels to provide the dividend of democracy to the electorate.

The 40th coronation anniversary of Alhaji Shehu Idris, who ascended the throne of his forefathers in 1975 is marked with the traditional Durbar. The ceremony starts with the arrival of different traditional dance groups and district heads of the various ruling houses in the emirate.

Praise-singers and drummers herald the arrival of the emir of and other district heads. Riding on coloured horses, they made their way into the arena in company of their followers and different dance groups.

With the arrival of the special guest of honour, Vice President Namadi Sambo and the host Governor, Muhktar Yero, the occassion commenced.

Other dignitaries at the event include the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar and a host of other traditional rulers and politicians.

In its turbulent half-century of independence, Nigeria has experienced not only a brutal civil war, but also an unprecedented wave of insurgnency that has left thousands of people dead.

Throughout this period, one institution that has played an important stabilising role has been that of the traditional rulers of kingdoms large and small across the country.

While congratulating the emir for attaining 40 years on the throne, Governor Yero attributed the success recorded by the emirate to patience, fairness, justice and truthfulness.

He also advised all candidates and electorate not to see the forthcoming election as a do-or-die affair.

Former Minister of Defense, General Theophilus Danjuma in his good will message called for stronger collaboration between the political class and traditional rulers in the country towards improving the fallen standard of education in the country.

He noted that education of the youths will not only reduce the high level of illiteracy and unemployment in the country, but will also help in fighting insurgency, social injustice and other criminal activities across the country, adding that the education backwardness of the north is totally unacceptable and poses a threat to the corporate existence of the region and Nigeria as a whole.

Responding, the Emir of Zazzau who spoke in Hausa language, appreciated God for sparing his life to witness what he described as a “memorable and historic occasion”.

He admonished Nigerians to embrace one another and always preach peace to pave way for sustainable growth and development.

The occasion featured a colourful durbar by District Heads and other traditional title holders.