The Nigerian government has received the donation of food items and medical supplies to the Internally Displaced Persons at the Durumu 1 IDP camp in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Nigerian government, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia Khadija Bukar Abba thanked the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and the President of the Muslim Council of Elders, Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb for the donation.
Hajia Khadija Bukar Abba said:“I would like to register our profound gratitude to the Grand Imam of Egypt, Sheik Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb for this generous contribution of medical and food supply which will go a long way to alleviate the suffering of the multitude of people displaced in the North East.”
The Minister added that: “This is a show of fraternity in the time of need which we will not forget. On behalf of the recipients of this donations and the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria, I thank the sheikh and the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt for its unflinching support of Nigeria in the security challenge are we facing.”
According to the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema), over two million Nigerians are displaced as a result of the crisis in the North East and the minister used the opportunity to call for more support from other countries.
“This gesture should be emulated by other countries. It is a humongous task trying to feed 2 million people every day and training them in some skills so that when they are back home, they can engage in some skills that will help provide for them and their families.
Speaking earlier to Voice of Nigeria, the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ashraf Salam explained the significance of the event: “the significance of this event is the continuation of the historical visit by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar paid to Nigeria last week. It was a historic visit with the aim of promoting the profound understanding of Islam for coexistence and peace and to have interfaith dialogue with other religions. During his visit he visited one of the camps so as soon as he went back to Egypt he sent a delegation to the IDP camps in Nigeria to support them with medical care and food suppliers to three camps in Abuja and the North East.
One of those providing medical assistance to the IDPs, Ahmed Ragab Salman an Assistant Lecturer of Pediatrics from Al-Azhar University expressed his happiness at being in Nigeria and assisting the IDP camp.
“I am here to help our brothers in Nigeria and it is a pleasure to help them. Abuja is so beautiful and I look forward to staying here when I return next year.”
The medical practitioner also spoke on the similarities he has observed between Nigeria and Egypt.
“I am from Upper Egypt and the weather is just like the one in Abuja and the humidity. You have beautiful green places as well which is commendable”.
Part of the food items donated include rice, flour, sugar, white beans and oil which will be supplied to three camps in Abuja and the states affected by boko haram activities in the North East of Nigeria.