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We have made good progress in the north-east – Buhari



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The federal government have made some reasonable progress in the northeast which is the centre of the Boko Haram insurgents.

This is according to President of the federation, Muhammadu Buhari, he said this was achieved despite the criticism against his administration.

The president also assured aid workers who render help to displaced in the zone of a better security arrangement.

Mr Buhari was receiving the International President of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Dr Christos Christou, and other members of his entourage at Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he made the statement.

President Buhari was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, said the sacrifices of Doctors Without Borders in conflict areas in Nigeria are not in vain and well appreciated.

He assured that the government will ensure that it provided a secure environment for the organisation, saying “we are grateful to you. We will secure the environment in order for you to do your job. You are not doing it for profit. We remain very appreciative.”

According to him, the sacrifices, as individuals and as a group, were quite enormous, particularly on a non-profit basis.

Commenting specifically on the situation in the North-east, President Buhari said despite criticisms, the government had made substantial progress.

He said, “We know the pathetic situation of children not knowing where their parents are, or the communities they come from, and that was why we established the new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. This is to harness and channel resources to such deprived people.”

The President promised that respite and succour would come to all the troubled areas, adding that many prominent and well-to-do organizations were also involved, along with international agencies.

Dr Christou said Doctors Without Borders have been active in Nigeria since 1996 and is an international, independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.

he organization works in 10 states across the country and adheres strictly to principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality, among others. Its budget for the year 2020 is N17.7 billion, with 90 per cent of its 3,000 staff being Nigerians.




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