The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said he agrees with President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to focus more on the north east as regards infrastructural development saying “the region was in a dire need of attention.”
There was controversy last week over a statement by the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, that President Buhari had asked the bank to focus more on the northern part of Nigeria in its developmental projects in the country.
Speaking in an interview on the sideline of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in St Petersburg, Russia, Saraki said the devastation in the north required priority attention. He said Buhari’s call for focus on the north east doesn’t mean he is trying to undermine other parts of the country but was in a bid to address the issue of insurgency in the region.
“I am not saying there are no issues in other regions of the country but you will agree with me that it’s the greatest danger facing the country,” he said. “The issue is how to sustain the peace that exists in the region enough to relocate people to their homes.”