The President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki has called on Nigerian’s not to berate President Muhammadu Buhari for his call for focus on the North East saying that the region was in dire need of attention.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen at the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU) Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saraki said that the level of devastation in the region required priority attention.
He stressed that it was in view of that that he had called for an international conference on the North East to get attention to the region and to raise fund to rebuild it.
Recently, the President of the World Bank was quoted as saying that President Buhari asked the Bank to focus on “northern Nigeria”, a report which generated criticism for President Buhari but had been described by the Presidency as misconstrued.
The Presidency stressed that the President only sought attention to the north east in view of the pressing humanitarian and developmental crisis.
While backing President Buhari, Saraki however stressed that he was not undermining conflicts in other parts but pointed out that “for the President to ask for focus on the North East, I think it is appropriate, to address the issue of Boko Haram.
He called on Nigerians to rise above sentiments, particularly on issues that pose great threat to human lives.
The President of the Nigerian Senate went on to say that there while still suppressing the Boko Haram insurgents, there were still a lot of humanitarian and developmental challenges in the region.
He said reports had it that the level of Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) in Nigeria was one of the highest in the world due to the damage caused by Boko Haram.