Nigeria’s First Lady seeks aid for humanitarian crises

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Wife of the Nigerian President, Mrs Aisha Buhari has called on well meaning citizens to help ameliorate the living condition of displaced persons in the Northeast.

Mrs Buhari made the call in Abuja, at the official launch of ‘‘GET INVOLVED,’’ another segment of her pet project, the Future Assured programme, stressing that all Nigerians have a duty of tackling the humanitarian problem in that region.

She said the initiative serves as a template to Nigerians which shows how to tackle the malnutrition problem in the North-East, caused by the Boko Haram menace.

Therefore, Mrs Buhari called the well to do and other stakeholders to join hands with her in addressing the problem.

“As a mother, this is the moment for reflection on the problem. The magnitude of this problem is one that cannot be solved by one stakeholder or the Nigerian government alone. It has to be a collective responsibility by all,” she appealed.

Highlighting the attributes of the ‘‘GET INVOLVED’’ programme, Mrs Buhari said,“This initiative also has other positive attributes such as bringing people together from different parts of this country to address our national issues and stimulating the patronage of our locally made goods.”

The media were not left out, as the Wife of the President urged them to give the necessary awareness on the dangers of malnutrition.

The Effort
The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima praised Mrs Buhari for her courage of finding solution to the problem, urging stakeholders to collaborate with her.

“In this time of challenges, Her Excellency, the mother of the nation stepped in and courageously mobilised resources for the good of our dear people. Her name will be written in gold in the history of our nation. We urge all other stakeholders in the system to contribute generously to her very beautiful course,” he said.

On the same issue, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume said something urgent must be done to better the lot of the malnourished children in North-eastern Nigeria.