President Goodluck Jonathan is saddened by the continuous killings of innocent Nigerians by the Boko Haram insurgents, while his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is pained by the savagery unleashed on the North-east by the terrorist group, the Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil said on Monday.
He however said the federal government was resolute more than ever to tame the insurgency, which has become a problem to the nation.
The minister said this shortly after he was received alongside some, party chieftains by thousands of supporters who thronged the Maiduguri International Airport.
Wakil who said he was in the state to convey the sympathy and condolence of President Jonathan, said the Presidency was deeply worried by the spate of killings including the Baga massacre reported to have claimed many lives.
He added that the PDP was most saddened by the Boko Haram insurgency, which claimed many lives in the North-east.
He said: “I bring the condolence and grief of Mr. President to the good people of Borno. We were all in pain going by the unrestrained savagery unleashed on our people by the sect. We are in sorrow going by the international dimension involved in the insurgency, Mr. President conveyed his condolence.”
He disclosed that the Goodluck Jonathan administration was reviewing and enhancing its counter-terrorism plan with a view to taming the insurgency.
He said the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) should not foreclose the pains of the people, adding that federal agencies are under direct instruction of Mr. President to provide food, water and bedding materials for the internally displaced persons.
“Politicians should know we are in a war situation. Our kith and kin are under stress and pain, PVCs are important but I must say the welfare of our people is very paramount in our heart as PDP leaders. We will do our very best to bring this insurgency to an end,”Wakil promised.
He assured Borno people that the federal government would collaborate with PDP stakeholders as a way to fast track rehabilitation of the displaced and “militarily and politically” and put an end to the insurgency.
“We are pursuing a plan that will create close rapport between the state and the federal government. Our people will feel the presence of both levels of government so that real development will occur and by
Allah”s grace, peace and development will return to our state,” the minister said.