President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to remain steadfast in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the country, assuring the nation would overcome it just like the civil war.

Buhari stated this while hosting the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic on Friday at the State House in Abuja, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

The President recalled the nation once had similar experience when it fought its civil war but was able to overcome the situation and continued as a country again.

According to him, the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will effectively manage all attendant crises from the insurgency.

“If we were capable to fight a 30-month civil war and reorganised our country, I wonder why people are thinking that Nigeria cannot do it,” he said.

The President went on to rue the negative effects of the lingering Libyan crisis on the Sahel region of the continent. He restated the country’s commitment to building strong unilateral ties with the European Union envoy.

His words: “I assure you of Nigeria’s commitment to enhance and deepen cooperation with the EU in all areas.

“Our priorities in the next level is to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, are rehabilitated so that livelihood should be established and the children should not lose the opportunity to go back to school, which is very important for the future of that area and Nigeria generally.

“We have the experience of the civil war. I could recall the role of the military, the army, each commander had in his pocket how to behave himself and how to allow international bodies like yourself to go round and see for themselves that people are treated in the most humane way. We have this experience and I assure you that we also have this confidence in your organisation. That is why I feel that Nigeria is capable of handling this crisis, it may take long but we are capable of handling it.

 “The important thing really is weapons reaching the Sahel; the instability it is causing. Look at the casualties in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali; Libya has a direct impact on the stability of the Sahel. As for Boko Haram, we try to disabuse the mind of the people and I think our people now understand the basic dishonesty in it. With my experience personally in the civil war, I am sure we will get over it.

“I assure you that we are aware of these problems and we will continue to do our best. The newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs is coordinating NEMA and others, to make sure that whatever resources we get are well utilised. The ministry will be accountable to the government instead of having too many bodies doing the same thing. We are also reaching out to foreign countries explaining to them our position, and we are confident we will get over it.”

On his part, the EU Commissioner lauded the nation’s crucial role in the socio-economic development of the world, while expressing readiness to partner Nigeria on issues relating to the Northeast.

He further commended the federal government’s impact in combating insurgency in the Northeast, noting his visit to Borno State showed the government was working to address the crisis ravaging the region.

“We would like to support your efforts. We believe all relevant actors; military, civilian as well as humanitarian should come together. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs is suggesting such high-level dialogue,” the EU Commissioner said.

“In situations such as what we have in the northeast, international law and international humanitarian law should apply. We believe in your efforts to end the conflict; military effort alone probably will not be sufficient without identifying and addressing the socio-economic factors causing it.”