We must address the problem of displaced persons-President Buhari

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari says the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country is urgent and imperative.

He says the issue must be tackled, in order not constitute a big problem to the country in future.

The President said this on Monday while receiving in audience the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Nigeria’s Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande at State House, Abuja.

“Most of the displaced children do not know their parents, or where they come from. We have to look at the issue now, properly rehabilitate them, otherwise, we will have a problem on our hands in the future,” the President said.

He urged the UN General Assembly President to make Nigeria’s challenges glaring to the world, while commending him for what he calls “your hard work and competence” so far.

President Buhari said Nigeria was committed to education, and providing health care to the young and old, among other welfarist policies.

On his part, Professor Muhammad-Bande said he was at the State House to express appreciation to President Buhari for the support given, leading to his emergence as UNGA President, and the continued cooperation from Nigeria.

Prof. Muhammad-Bande also appreciated Nigeria for rebuilding the UN Building in Abuja, which was destroyed by Boko Haram.