President Muhammadu Buhari has asked that food and drugs be delivered to the Bama Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Borno State.
A report which was disputed by the Borno State Government claimed that about 200 children were killed by malnutrition in a month at the Bama camp that was recently liberated from the Boko Haram insurgents.
Based on the report, President Buhari dispatched a team, led by his Special Adviser on Social Investment, Hajiya Maryam Uwais, to Bama with drugs and food items.
Uwais, in her address to the IDPs, acknowledged the enormity of the challenges they faced and assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari was concerned and committed to addressing their plight.
She said, “We are here to see for ourselves the situation on the ground here and to report back to the president, the Federal Government would continue to lead the efforts towards helping you as well as other internally displaced persons until you are finally resettled back to your communities.”
Uwais commended the military for their dedication to securing and caring for the displaced persons, while acknowledging that “this is a crisis situation”,.
She said the federal government would work with the State government, the international community, local partners and civil society groups to ensure that all the needs of the inhabitants of the Bama camp, and the several others like it, were speedily met.