The Honourable Minister of International Development and la Francophonie’, Canada, Marie-Claude Bibeau has promised to render support in the fight against Boko Haram.
The Minister made the commendation yesterday, at the Headquarters 21 Brigade Nigerian Army in Bama, Borno State when she led a special Canadian government delegation on a visit to Bama.
The minister also expressed joy for the continuous support to the Humanitarians agencies while rendering their services to the vulnerable in Borno State and the North East in general
Bama, a local government about 65km from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital is one of the council areas worse hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Honourable Bibeau, who was accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Christopher Thornley expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the military and the various Humanitarian agencies rendering their assistance in Bama.
She, however, pledged her government continuous support towards ameliorating the plights of the Internally Displaced Persons in Bama Camp.
In his remarks, the Commander 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Garba Busala Audu expressed happiness and thanked the team for the visit.
He stressed that the Military would continue to sustain the tempo of the successes so far recorded and provide the necessary support to the Humanitarians agencies rendering their services in Bama.
The Borno State Government has announced that it would begin an immunisation against the cholera outbreak in the state that has left 44 people dead. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, disclosed this at a joint press conference by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the state Ministry of Health at the Emergency Operation Centre, Maiduguri.
According to Dr. Haruna, over 915, 000 doses of cholera vaccines have been procured and delivered for distribution to commence the process.
The worst hit in the outbreak is Maiduguri metropolis and four council areas in Jere, Konduga, Dikwa and Monguno.The commissioner added that the deaths were recorded from 1, 925 cases.
He said: From the cholera update situation in the state, we had 1, 113 cases in Maiduguri (MMC) and Jere, 561 in Dikwa, while Monguno had 231 cases
with two deaths.
He added that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and communities were mostly affected in what he called ìcholera hot spots.He said the lack of portable water and sanitary infrastructure facilities for toilets and latrines made the disease to be higher in those places.
Mshella explained that besides the construction of pit latrines in camps, purification water tablets and re-hydration solution were being distributed to various camps and other affected communities.He urged parents and guardians in the affected areas to release their children and wards for the vaccination.
Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti is once again speaking out on the IDP camps he visited in some northern states in February.
Speaking to us, he lamented the suffering going on in those places.
According to him, ‘The heat alone is overbearing. I don’t think we in Lagos go through half of what they go through. Over 60 people are lumped up under one tent. It is that bad.’
He further said, ‘How the matter got to this stage shows that there is no leadership in Nigeria. It is shocking that one man said they used 160 million to cut grass. What grass? I didn’t even see any grass that he said he cut.
‘With all the money going there from banks, private bodies and Non Governmental Organisations, they still live in abject isolation because human beings are just wicked.’
He went on to comment on the recent absence of Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari for extensive medical treatment abroad.
‘On whose budget was the president away for that long? When one man can spend millions while Nigerians are left to rot and die. Is this a country? Not one general hospital can take care of anything in the whole federation.
‘Is it that the President didn’t trust his life in the hands of his own people? When the Queen of England is sick, does she go to America? He now left and came back and told us he is going back again.
‘What a country. We take a lot in this country because we have been enslaved for too long. Youths of today don’t even know that there was a slave trade. It is really sad,’ Kuti said.