Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said that the Upper House is poised to make Nigeria supreme and will sacrifice everything to ensure the unity of the country.
He stated this yesterday when visited Internally-Displaced Persons, IDPs in Yola, the Adamwa State capital.
He reiterated the commitment of the Senate to ensuring the stability of Nigeria, stressing that the senators will support President Muhammadu Buhari to realise his development agenda for the country
Ekweremadu who was in Adamawa state to access the situation of the IDPs at the NYSC and Malkohi camps noted that the visit was to enable the Senate see for itself the travails of the victims of insurgency in the North East zone.
He noted that the Senate is disturbed by the predicaments of the people of the North East, adding that a problem in any part of Nigeria is a problem for all Nigerians.
Ekweremadu who represented the Senate President Bukola Saraki at the event added that the Upper House will ensure that adequate funds are earmarked for the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, government institutions and public buildings by insurgents.
He advised the IDPs not to despair by their plight, noting that he also faced similar adversity during the civil war when he was displaced for three years between 1967 and 1970.
“We were displaced for three years as our markets, schools and villages were destroyed during the civil war. I felt the pains during the war. We shall not be like this forever. That is why I am here.
“Like me, you will also triumph in life. Some of you will become successful businessmen and politicians in life,” he said.
He added that to fast track the war against insurgency, the Senate was holding deliberations with the military high command which have assured the Upper House that soon, insurgency will be over.
Responding to a question over the agitation for the creation of North East Development Commission, Ekweremadu said that the Senate is ready to do everything to ensure the reconstruction of the North East.
A mild drama ensued in the camp as the entourage went on a fact finding visit inside camp when a woman from amongst the IDP’s began to shout over the surfeit of deprivations the IDPs go through in the hands of the camp officials as she claimed that inadequate ration is given to them.
But while accessing the conditions of the camps, Ekweremadu gave a vote of confidence to the camp authorities as he noted that there was adequate food and medical care, noting that the only reservation he has is in the area of clothing and promised to raise the issue before the Senate.
In his remark, the state camp coordinator, Mallam Saad Bello, said about 85 per cent of the IDPs want to go back to their communities but could not do so due to the fact that their destroyed areas were yet to be repaired.


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