Boko Haram: FG shops for N233bn to rebuild North East

By 10:45 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 Comments

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it needed N233bn to reconstruct and rehabilitate the states of the North-East ravaged by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.

This was just as the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, declared that many of the Boko Haram insurgents were victims of evil manipulations, adding that the country should work hard at correcting their misconception and world view.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the North-East Humanitarian Multi-Stakeholders Engagement on Tuesday in Maiduguri, the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North-East Intervention, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, said N233bn was needed for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the communities ravaged by the Boko Haram sect.

The chairman of PCNI, who was represented by a member of the committee, Mohammed Danjuma, said the rebuilding of the North-East required proper coordination, cooperation and communication to alleviate the sufferings of the Internally Displaced Persons.

He said the Federal Government and other stakeholders were determined to manage the humanitarian crisis in the region, adding that the IDPs would return to their communities after the reconstruction of their destroyed communities.

Osinbajo, who declared the two-day workshop opened, said, “This region has suffered tremendously in the past six years. It has suffered from the destruction of infrastructure, farmlands, businesses, trades, the destruction of schools and the loss of school years.

“Rebuilding, restoring and rehabilitation will cost money and time. But neither money nor time can fix the trauma of loss of family members, relations and friends, the shame of the raped, the scars and fears of parents of the abducted and the kidnapped, the bewilderment that comes with loss of homes, possessions and livelihoods and the pains of hundreds of thousands of orphaned children.”

Osinbajo added “The tasks before us are many and profound, to fix brick and mortar and to mend hearts and minds damaged by senseless murderous violence. But we are called not just to mend the hearts and minds of the victims but also of their traducers, and killers.

“The young men and women who have been brainwashed to kill, maim and destroy in the warped belief that by so doing they please God, they are also victims. Indeed, these perpetrators are themselves victims, trapped in the vortex of evil manipulation, compelled to dehumanise themselves as they shed the blood of the innocent.

“It is our duty to deconstruct the narrative that causes men to kill children on their beds at a boarding school at night even as we degrade the military capacity of the insurgents. The tasks are indeed many and profound.

“But while there is still so much to do, much has been done already. The many civil society groups, funding partners, regional and international partners who have given of their time, resources and even their lives in some cases, deserve to be commended. But for you, first responders, we would have been far worse off than we are today.”

Osinbajo explained that one of the goals of the initiative “is to strengthen the capacities of existing Civil Society Organisations, especially in this region, and to aid the development of others where noticeable and important gaps exist.”

He added, “We are in Maiduguri to show humanity and to give milk of human kindness to our brothers and sisters who for six years have been ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency by killing, maiming and abduction of innocent people.”

Also speaking, the United Nations country representative, Ratti Ndlovu, said Nigeria had the capacity to restore the shattered lives of the IDPs and reconstruct their destroyed communities, so that they could go back and continue with their normal lives.



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