Jonathan Sends Minister To Maiduguri To Launch Presidential Initiative For The Northeast

President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed the Federal Government’s determination to liberate all territories occupied by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.

The president gave the assurance on Saturday, at the launch of the Presidential Initiative for the North-East (PINE) in Maiduguri.

Jonathan who was not in Maiduguri, was represented by Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, the Minister of State for Power.

According to him, FG will deploy more troops and resources that will help to ensure that the occupied town are recaptured. A Marshall Plan for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and redevelopment of the area will also be unveiled as soon as the insurgents are driven out of the affected towns.

Jonathan enumerated the numerous intervention programmes already put in place by the government, to alleviate the sufferings of the people affected by the insurgency, including the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, Presidential Committee on Distribution of Relief Materials, Victims Support Fund and the Safe School Initiative.

Boko Haram insurgency has led to the death of about 12,000 people since it started in 2009. The sect wants to establish an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria and has recorded great success in its campaign, taking over some major towns in the country’s northeast.