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Northern clerics urge Davido, others to help orphans, IDPs

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Lawal Adenike

Religious leaders in the North have appealed to Nigerian musician, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, and other celebrities to extend humanitarian gesture to the region.

Speaking during an interactive section with Christians and Muslim clerics towards promoting peaceful co-existence among different faith-based organizations, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State, Pastor Yohanna Buru noted that millions of children have been turned to orphans due to the attacks by Boko Haram, bandits, kidnapping and terrorism.

He stated that the North is in dire need of humanitarian assistance and now is the best time for such gesture.

Buru called on Davido to consider the orphanage homes in the North when disbursing the N250 million which he earmarked for humanitarian services for orphanage homes across the country.

“There are many blessings awaiting for Davido on earth and in Paradise. Almighty God has a way of blessing anyone that helps orphans or widows,” he said.

According to him, there is need for all concerned Civil society of Groups in Nigeria (CSOs) and Non-governmental organization (NGOs) with association with NEMA, SEMA, UNICEF, WHO and other child protection organizations across the country to strengthen such wonderful gesture geared toward reducing the hardship being faced by some of the orphans in the country, most especially in the North-east and North-west region.

Buru said, “Large number of children were turned into orphans due to continuous bandit attacks in the North and hence the need to appeal to Davido and other too wealthy musicians to kindly remember some orphanage homes and some kids at various IDP CAMPS across the northern part of the country.

“The primary objective of humanitarian aid is to save lives alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity. It may, therefore, be distinguished from development aid, which seeks to address the underlying socioeconomic factors which may have led to a crisis or emergency.

“Humanitarian aid is important because it provides life-saving assistance to people affected by conflicts, disasters and poverty. Humanitarian aid is vital in reducing the impact of crises on communities, helping recovery and improving preparedness for future emergencies.”

The cleric also urged the National President of Performing Musician Association of Nigeria to organize concerts directed at raising funds to help the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and orphanage homes across the country.

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