Buhari: We must rehabilitate IDPs now


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that there was urgent need to rehabilitate several Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the country considering the danger they could pose to the country in the future.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, in a statement, said Buhari stated this while receiving in audience the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Nigeria’s Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande at the presidential villa, Abuja.

He said: “The rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country is urgent and imperative, if it would not constitute a big problem to the country in future.

“Most of the displaced children do not know their parents, or where they come from. We have to look at the issue now, properly rehabilitate them; otherwise, we will have a problem on our hands in the future,” President Buhari said.

He urged the UN General Assembly President to make Nigeria’s challenges glaring to the world, while commending him for what he calls “your hard work and competence” so far.

President Buhari said Nigeria was committed to education, and providing health care to the young and old, among other welfarist policies.

Muhammad-Bande said he was at the State House to express appreciation to President Buhari for the support given, leading to his emergence as UNGA President, and the continued cooperation from Nigeria.

“Everything I have requested for, in terms of personnel and funds, has been delivered.”

Similarly, Buhari also stated that his government would not allow religion to divide Nigeria.

The President expressed the strong determination of his administration to forge a strong, united nation.

Buhari stated this yesterday while receiving the Tijjaniyya Muslim Religious Movement at the presidential villa, Abuja.

He lauded the prevalence of mutual understanding among the followers of the two major religions in the country, Islam and Christianity.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said: “It is generally said that differences divide people.  We in Nigeria understand that there is no way a misunderstanding can cause division among us. We are one people,” he said.

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