Jonathan inaugurated a 26-man committee to administer the new
"The loan facility will be borrowed from foreign lenders," according to a letter the president addressed to the
Lawmakers are expected to debate the request in the coming days, parliamentary sources told
The request would likely generate questions among Nigerians, with the country's national security budget standing at
Many citizens have questioned how such was spent in view of claims, including by top government officials, that the insurgents are better equipped than the country's military.
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden" in Nigeria's local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption.
The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.
In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks – on places of worship and government institutions – and thousands of deaths.
The group has been designated a terrorist organization by
President Jonathan, meanwhile, inaugurated today a 26-man committee to administer the new
"We have set up this committee to provide a framework through which all persons and institutions who wish to help the pains our countrymen and women are going through for no fault of theirs," he told the inauguration in capital city
The fund, as AA reported last week, is being chaired by elder statesman and retired army general
"The Victims Support Fund Committee is part of our ongoing efforts to provide a comprehensive solution to the menace," said Jonathan. "This government is determined to resolve this crisis."
The committee's terms of reference, the president said, include "to identify sources and ways of raising sustainable funding to support victims of terror activities; to develop appropriate strategies for the fund raising; to ascertain the persons, communities, facilities and economic assets affected by terror activities."
An estimated six million people have been displaced from the country's northeast - the main theatre of the insurgency - while thousands have been killed or maimed in the five-year insurgency, according to parliamentary data and other sources.
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