President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that there will be a drastic reduction in the activities of insurgents in the coming months.
The President assured that citizens, particularly in the Northeast, will soon begin to witness a change from protracted insurgency to peace and development in their respective communities.
He said this in line with the promise he made in 2015 to restore peace to the Northeast and return it to a path of development and growth.
President Buhari gave the assurance during the inauguration of a Presidential Committee on the Repatriation, Returns, and Resettlement of Displaced Persons in the Northeast in the Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House.
“At the advent of this administration in 2015, I pledged to Nigerians that I will restore peace in the North East and return it to the path of development and growth. I remain committed to this promise.
“To the people of the North-East, particularly the children and future of the North-East, we will never forget you and your courage, sacrifice, and endurance has been exemplary.
“I pledge to you that in the coming months, you will begin to witness a shift away from a protracted insurgency to peacebuilding, stabilization, and development in your respective communities as we embark on a revised approach to addressing this conflict- A Return to Normalcy,” he said.
The committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that peace and normalcy return to the embattled region through engagement with community stakeholders, among other strategies.
Members of the Presidential Committee on the Repatriation, Return and Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East include the Ministers of Finance, Budget & National Planning; Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Interior as well as Foreign Affairs and Defence.
Others are the National Security Adviser, Inspector- General of Police, Chief of Defence Staff, Director General, State Security, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Director-General, North-East Development Commission, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency and Chief of Defence Intelligence.