The Nigerian First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has donated relief materials to internally displaced victims of terrorism who are in camps in locations in the North east.
The three truckloads of relief materials worth millions of naira were delivered on behalf of the First Lady to hundreds of the displaced persons by the minister of state for Power, Mohammed Wakil Wakil, who visited the internally displaced persons, IDP, camps in Biu, Borno State.
Delivering the first lady’s message, Walik said she emphasized with those who have suffered attacks from Boko Haram insurgents and that the relief materials were meant to meet the immediate needs of the refugees.
“The First Lady as a mother of the nation identified with my people in this trying times. She asked me to tell you she share your pain and she prayed that Almighty God touch the hearts of the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace peace”, the minister said.
The minister also observed that the federal government was doing everything in its power to bring an end to terrorism and rebuild the war ravaged North East.
He stated that the government had taken critical steps to deal with the insurgency ravaging the region, including on-going strategic military campaigns, the setting up of the Presidential Initiative on North East and the Presidential Committee on the Distribution of Relief Materials, as well as instituting the Terror Victims’ Fund, chaired by Theophilus Danjuma.
The minister who was accompanied by a member of the Presidential Committee on the Distribution of Relief Materials, Bashir Maidugu, inspected the IDP camp and ordered that the kitchen be relocated some distance from the sleeping areas.
He also directed that more space should be provided for children who are undergoing their education in the camps.
While on courtesy visit to the Emir of Biu in his palace, Wakil thanked the monarch and the Emirate Council for supporting government efforts in the fight against terrorism in the North east. He also commended the people of Biu for agreeing to host the displaced persons.
The Emir, Mai Umar Aliyu, while receiving the minister commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the federal government for coming to the aid of the displaced persons.
“We commend our President for his speedy response in this emergency. We commend our son, the minister of Power who though out of the country made adequate provisions for the displaced. We appreciate their concerns for us in this trying period”, the Emir said.