- Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has released a progress report on the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northeast region
- Osinbajo said that not less than 1 million IDPs have been reunited with their families
- He further said that efforts were being made on the part of the presidency to rebuild communities destroyed by terrorists in the region
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that over a million displaced persons in the north-east have been reunited with their loved ones.
Osinbajo’s remarks were conveyed in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, October 7, by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, office of the vice president.
Akande said that the vice president made the statement at the passing out parade of the 65 regular course (Army) and 66 regular course (Navy and Air Force) held at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna state, on Saturday, October 6, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The statement quoted the vice president as saying that efforts were being made to rebuild communities destroyed by insurgents.
According to Osinbajo, the Buhari-led administration is also committed to ensuring the release of all persons, including young women and men held in Boko Haram captivity.
He said: “In the last two years, more than a million displaced persons have been reunited with their loved ones, and over 100 of our kidnapped girls from Chibok have regained their freedom after more than two years in captivity, while the plight of the Dapchi Girls was promptly dealt with.
“This is in addition to the thousands of other captives who have since been rescued through special military operations.
“A few days ago, Mr. President spoke personally to the anguished mother of Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi girl still in Boko Haram captivity.
“All over the North-East, our people are being provided with a chance to begin the urgent task of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.
“The Federal Government is working with states, the international community, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organizations, to help achieve this.”
The vice president, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari as the Special Guest of Honour at the event, noted that the administration had embarked on some crucial changes to modernise the country’s Armed Forces and improve its structure and operational capabilities.
He said that two additional divisions had been created, as well as several new Forward Operating Bases (FOBs), to enhance the strategic, operational and tactical performance of the armed forces in the various theatres of operations.
He said that as part of efforts to modernise Nigerian Armed Forces, the administration had intensified the training and re-training of officers and men in addition to providing new platforms and other resources.
Osinbajo said that the Nigeria Army, for instance, recently acquired Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers (MBRL) and Armoured Vehicles, to improve operational effectiveness as well as attack helicopters for the Nigerian Army Aviation Corps.
For the Nigerian Armed Forces, the vice president said that the Navy recently inaugurated into its operations, six new Fast Patrol Boats: NNS Nguru, Ekulu, Shiroro, Ose, Gongola and Calabar.
He said that the Nigerian Air Force had just acquired Diamond 40 and 42 aircraft for maritime patrol and intelligence surveillance, Mi-35M attack helicopters, and Augusta 109 Power helicopters for insertion and medical evacuation.
The vice president said: “A few months ago, the Federal Government completed a deal with the United States Government for the purchase of Super Tucano A-29 aircraft for the Counter Insurgency Operations.
“There are also commendable efforts ongoing to produce military hardware locally, in partnership with foreign and local industries.
“The best-known example of this is the TSAIGUMI, the Nigerian Air Force’s first indigenous operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
“Earlier this year, this administration signed into law the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service for Officers and Soldiers, to ensure an improvement in the welfare of service personnel.
“Across the services, there have been upgrade of infrastructure – construction of new barracks across the country, renovation of existing ones, construction of medical facilities, and so on.”
The vice president also specially commended the efforts and resilience of members of the Armed Forces for the giant strides recorded so far in the fight against insurgency.
He further said that the ongoing military stabilisation operations in the northeast would continue until full normalcy was restored, while efforts would be sustained to ensure security in other parts of the country.
Earlier in his remarks, the commandant of the academy, major general Adeniyi Oyebade, thanked the president for his support to the institution.
He noted that the graduating students had fulfilled all the requirements to be commissioned as officers in the armed forces.
Osinbajo was received on arrival at Kaduna International Airport by the Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state and the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Army had sent out a serious warning to residents of the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe state heavily affected by Boko Haram activities to avoid habouring fleeing members of the terrorist groups in their communities.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the spokesperson of the Nigerian army said members of the terrorist group fleeing heavy bombardments now hide in dry wells in communities.
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