Nigeria must resettle IDPs to avert social discontent – Buhari

Internally Displaced Persons
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that the two million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in refugee camps across the country must be properly resettled if the country was to avert possible social discontent.

The President gave the warning when he met with the world leader of Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement, Sharif Ibn Mohammad, at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday.

A statement by Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated that Mr. Buhari also expressed regret over the destruction of public institutions in the north-east by Boko Haram insurgents.

He said “government is faced with the problem of rebuilding schools, health centres and whole towns.

“We must renovate or rebuild schools and recruit teachers, otherwise, they will become tomorrow’s Boko Haram.”

President Buhari reiterated the importance of justice in the affairs of governance, emphasising that men and women in authority must show kindness and justice to all the people under their care.

He commended the religious group for the prayers it rendered for three days in Yola, Adamawa State, for the recovery of the economy and for peace in the country.

Buhari observed that the problem of oil production in the country and in global markets had made agriculture imperative for Nigerians.

“We are learning the hard way. The mistake we made was to abandon agriculture. We came at a time of difficulty which the country never experienced since the civil war,” he said.

President Buhari also requested the religious leaders to persuade Nigerians to embrace hard work, endurance and patience, and gave the assurance that the present administration would not relent in its efforts to achieve self-reliance and security.

In his remarks, the cleric commended President Buhari’s sense of justice and concern for the people of Nigeria.

He assured the President that the Tijjaniyya movement was in support of the administration and would continue to pray for its success.



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    May be we should find out how the Biafrans rebuilt their towns and cities, immediately after the civil war in 1970.

    • Concerned Nigerian

      Do you mean that God is indirectly paying back to Nigeria what the did to Biafra


        I cannot claim to know God’s thoughts, but I know he is God of vengeance. You cannot commit pogrom on Biafrans. Kill 2 million of them. Half of the population chased into the forests as refugees through bombings. Then at the so called end othe war in 1970. You mouth the deceitful RRR. Give each Biafran even millionaires £20. Imagin that Sir Ojukwu who was a billionaire before the war and sent his son Emeka Ojukwu to the costliest schools in the world Elton and Oxford, was callously give £20 by Gowon. Who is now shamelessly praying for the atonement of his own atrocities. God has a way of paying back. All those killed innocent Igbos, who knew nothing about Nzeogwu’s Igbo coup, despite the counter coup that avenged the one sided Nzeogwu’s coup by killin more than 400 Igbo officers plus the Igbo Head of State, with Buhari and Danjuma participating. Boko Haram is a child’s play. God will atone the innocent Igbo blood