The Nigerian government says it has begun mobilising the military and task forces to stop the sabotage of oil facilities and kidnapping of citizens for ransom in Nigeria’s coastal areas.
At a meeting on Monday in Abuja, with a delegation from the United States Institute of Peace, President Muhammadu Buhari also said that his administration was giving the highest priority to the resettlement of displaced persons and rehabilitation of infrastructure in the northeast.
Over two million persons have been displaced in the northeast region by the over six years insurgency by the Boko Haram sect.
The US had commended President Buhari’s on his fight against corruption and he assured the delegation that his administration’s ongoing war against corruption would be fought within the ambit of the law.
Nigeria’s military has been accused of violating human rights in the ongoing war against the Boko Haram terrorists, but President Buhari said “mechanisms have been put in place to ensure respect for human rights in the fight against terrorism.
“We attach great importance to human rights. If there are breaches, they will be investigated and dealt with,” President Buhari stated.
The Nigerian President welcomed the growing international support, especially from the United States and Europe, for Nigeria’s efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
He also expressed happiness with the support of Nigerians for the cardinal programmes of his government, the security of the country, the war against corruption and revival of the economy, which he said would continue to be vigorously pursued.
In her response, the leader of the delegation, Miss Nancy Lindborg, applauded the progress being made by the Buhari-led administration in ensuring greater security in Nigeria.
She promised the continued assistance of the Institute for the reconstruction and development work going on in Nigeria.