President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the urgency and the importance of the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country to prevent a “big problem” in future.
He made this call on Monday at the presidential villa, Abuja, while receiving in audience, the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria.
During the meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari said: “Most of the displaced children in the IDP camps 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.”
He urged the UN General Assembly President to make Nigeria’s challenges glaring to the world. He also commended him for his hard work and competence so far at the United Nations General Assembly.
In addition, President Buhari made it known that Nigeria is committed to education and providing health care to the young and old, among other welfare policies.
Prof. 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. He also expressed his appreciation for the continued cooperation he enjoys from Nigeria.
“Everything I have requested for, in terms of personnel and funds were delivered. I thank President Buhari very much.
I also thank other member states for the support I am getting,” he said.
Prof. Muhammad-Bande also appreciated Nigeria for rebuilding the UN Building in Abuja that was destroyed by the Boko Haram sect.
Speaking to correspondents after the meeting, the UNGA President said he was at the presidential villa in recognition of the support President Buhari gave his office since he became UNGA President
He said: “Everything that was promised to me in terms of personnel and funds were given and therefore, I have every reason to make sure that at the end of the day what we promised to achieve, we achieve it and of course, a lot depends on what cooperation we are able to obtain from other member states. I will like to say that the support so far has been very encouraging.