- Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has revealed what Buhari told him after the release of Chibok girls
- Osinbajo said Buhari made the comment when he received the girls in the presidential villa on Sunday May 7, 2017
- He, however, stated that the present generation of leaders must resolve the humanitarian crises in the North East
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Monday May 8 disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari told him the release of the 82 Chibok girls had a positive impact on his health condition.
Osinbajo revealed that the president made the comment when he received the girls at the presidential villa on Sunday May, 7 2017
The vice president spoke during the visit by a delegation from Borno, which came to thank President Buhari for the release of the Chibok girls from Boko Haram captivity.
Osinbajo, however, stated that the present generation of leaders must resolve the humanitarian crises in the North East.
He said that the Federal Government would re-strategise with all the agencies involved in the rehabilitation of victims of insurgency in order to address their most urgent problems.
“Perhaps it might be wise for us to take a look first about how to save the children and to save peoples’ lives and then begin to address questions of infrastructure as we go along.
“But I think it is important that people don’t die while we are thinking, people don’t die while we are planning to ensure that we are able to provide for them.
“So what I will suggest is that we take some time out to look at this, the Borno State government, the Federal Government, and then of cause the PCNI, PINE and all the other government initiatives that are working out there.
“And then plan things better, outline what is priority and then determine what it will cost us and then we can work from there.
“But I think it is important that we take a second look at what we have organized so far so that we will be able to do something more.’’
Osinbajo said that the crises in the North East had grown deeper but noted that it was gratifying that more people were freed from captivity by the armed forces and international partners.
He said the government must determine what needed to be done and do everything that it would take to hold the officials to account for the lives of the children and vulnerable people.
“That in my view is the whole point about leadership, otherwise I don’t see how we can justify our leadership in any other way,’’ he said.
The Acting President acknowledged that a lot of what happened in the release of the Chibok girls were largely because the international community and development partners believed in the integrity of Buhari.
He said the partners, “recognize his genuineness, forthrightness and felt the need to help”, adding that they did not have to wonder if there was any other thing else going on.
“We are thankful for that kind of leadership that has showed so much integrity”.
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