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Saraki leads Senate Delegation to North-East

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The president of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Olubukola Abubaker Saraki has assured the people of the North-East of the support of the sarakibukolaNigerian senate and the entire country when he led the delegation of the senate on an on- the-spot assessment of the ravaged region by the Boko Haram insurgency.
It is recalled that the senate in its earlier resolution, delegated the senate president to lead a delegation to the region to sympathize with the internally displaced persons IDPs with a first hand assessment of the situation.

The delegation was received by the Bornu state Governor, Alhaji Kassim Shettima. In sympathy laden voice, Saraki said : “we have come to feel your pains and hear what you have been going through firsthand. To seek to understand the severe bloody struggle you have had to endure and go through emotionally, physically, financially and in many other ways. We have come to sit with you and listen to you and hopefully together work out solutions that would significantly change your situation for the better. We believe that after this visit, your situation will not be the same again. The mission of our visit is simple; we have come to bring you hope and to let you know that the Nigerian Senate has not abandoned you and real change is coming. We are determined to end this carnage, this senseless and sorrowful war; we are determined to defeat Boko Haram”.

He said,“ the senate and the entire National Assembly is willing to support you and your families to ensure that your lives return to normal.we could not in good conscience talk to you from Abuja, no, this new senate would rather come here and this is why we are here. We stand with you against Boko Haram and everything that stands against your security and against your welfare. We stand together with our dear president, Muhammadu Buhari, whose singular devotion to ending these senseless killings gives us relief that together we will win the war. We stand with our troops and will in the coming days show them that this new senate will do all that is within its power of authorization and approvals, support them and provide for them the necessary funding and oversight that will guarantee that they defeat this insurgency”.

The delegation visited IDP camps located at Dalori, Umaru Shehu college of education, Maiduguri and Government college Maiduguri which accommodates about 4,000 displaced persons. During the courtesy call on the shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, El-Kanemi solicited more support to take out the insurgent and rehabilitation of affected area. Governor Shettima in his response requested accelerated passage of Bill creating the North East Development Commission saddled with the responsibility of recotruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of the internally displaced persons. The delegation include Senator Al Mohamed Ndume the Senate leader, Senator Francis Alimekhena, the Deputy Chief Whip Senator Abubakar Kyari, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim and Senator Isa Galaudu, the chief of staff to the Senate President.

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