As part of his visit to Boko Haram-ravaged areas, Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday visited at Yola, the Adamawa state capital, where he met with internally displaced persons.
The vice president assured the IDPs that the Boko Haram insurgency will come to an end.
Mr. Osinbajo was scheduled to visit the state on Wednesday after visiting Maiduguri, Borno but was unable to do so due to heavy rains.
The vice president visited the Lamido Adamawa, Muhammadu Musdafa victims of the recent bomb blast at the Federal Medical Centre as well as the NYSC IDPs camp, Damare.
Mr. Osinbajo commended the state government for overseeing the welfare of the IDPs in the state.
“I am here on the instruction of the president to do on-the-spot check on the physical situation at the Internally Displaced Persons camps, and to see the true situation and get to be sure of what exactly is going on,” he said.
“Clearly the state government is doing an incredible job. NEMA is also doing an excellent job. The next phase is resettling the displaced persons in their communities in their homes, that is the most important thing in the next stage, and that is why I am here to understand the financial implication of that project; what are the material requirements, what the logistics will be, etc. That is exactly what we are trying to work out. We are trying to see for ourselves how and what needs to be done in this next phase.”
Mr. Osinbajo said the Federal Government was committed to ensuring the return of the IDPs to their homes.
“The Federal Government is committed to ensuring that all those displaced return to their homes and as much as possible we are able to rehabilitate them, rebuild their homes, markets, rebuild the basic infrastructure that is necessary so that they can go back home and continue with their lives,” he said.
“I have seen for myself and I have also had extensive discussions with stakeholders and I think I have a fair idea of what needs to be done. I am still going to come back as discussions are ongoing; we are not done yet, lots of plans are required. Boko Haram have wracked serious problems across the nation, particularly in the north eastern region. The APC is seriously concerned about mass employment. The government is committed about the common man.”
In his remarks, the state governor, Muhammad Jibrilla, thanked Messrs. Buhari and Osinbajo. He hoped the federal government will in no distance future rehabilitate the affected Boko Haram victims.
He reiterated that the state alone cannot fully rehabilitate the victims, hence the need for the federal government to assist.