President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to displaced people from Baga in a Maiduguri camp on January 15, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met survivors from what is thought to be Boko Haram's worst attack in its six-year insurgency. Hundreds of ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN
Damaturu - The people of Yobe have urged
President-elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to implement a marshal plan
to revive the socio-economic life of communities devastated by the Boko Haram
Sen. Ahmad Lawan said in
Damaturu on Thursday that the six years of insurgency in the North east had
destroyed the economy and social lives of the people.
"We need a marshal plan under the incoming
administration of Gen. Buhari with a special package just like the amnesty
programme of the Niger-Delta to revitalise the local economy and the social
environment," Lawan said.
"Like the amnesty programme instituted in 2009, so much
improvement has been achieved in Niger-Delta today because of the resources
channelled into the region.
"We in the North East region also deserve special
resources to revitalise the decayed infrastructures destroyed by the
insurgents," Ahmad said.
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Similarly, Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe, APC Secretary
in Yobe, said the state and other states affected by the insurgency needed
special attention to rebuild infrastructures destroyed by insurgency.
"Schools, hospitals and other public infrastructures
destroyed in the affected communities need to be revived to provide education,
healthcare and skill acquisition training for self reliance."
Alhaji Abubakar said: "Yobe has suffered long neglect
because we were in the opposition but, we hope this will change as the state
now belongs to the ruling party.’’
Alhaji Habibu Abubakar, a retired civil servant in Damaturu,
said: "We are optimistic that the Federal Government under Buhari will
intensify the fight against Boko Haram and eliminate them.’’
"Buhari's acceptance speech and his declaration against
Boko Haram gives us hope and courage that the end of insurgency is in sight.’’
Hauwa Sani, a student said that women and children,
especially widows and orphans who were victims of Boko Haram deserved special
attention from the Federal Government to help them resettle otherwise "the
change will mean nothing to them."