President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday disclosed that a committee to be headed by Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, for the rehabilitation of infrastructure and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East sub-region, will soon be formally inaugurated.
The committee, the president added, will also include Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
Retired Gen. T.Y Danjuma, a former Minister of Defence and renowned philanthropist, is Chairman of the Victims Support Fund, a committee established by the Federal Government to take care of victims of terrorism and violence across the country.
A press statement, released late yesterday, by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said President Buhari made the announcement at the State House, Abuja, in response to a goodwill message delivered to him by a group, Women In Politics Forum, WIPF.
President Buhari announced that all forms of assistance and aid in this respect generated locally and from foreign countries as promised by the Group of Seven of Industrialized Countries, G7, will be channeled through the T.Y Danjuma-led committee when it is formally inaugurated.
The statement quoted the president as saying that he had compiled a list of damaged infrastructure, including schools and bridges and handed it to the leaders of the G7 and the United States, adding that “I didn’t ask for a Kobo (in cash). It is up to them to choose what they will undertake. Already, some of them have sent teams to verify our assertions”.
President Buhari decried the impact of the Boko Haram violence on women and children declaring that they are its worst victims.