In what could be described as a laudable development, a well-known Nigerian cleric, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, has donated of a huge sum of money to a United Nations agency to help support Africans forced to flee their homes.
Legit.ng reports that the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), revealed that the agency received a N10 million donation from Daystar Christian Centre, a faith based organization in Nigeria.
Jose Antonio-Canhandula, UNHCR’s representative to Nigeria said that the donation would be used to provide life-saving emergency assistance to families forced to flee their homes.
He said the donation would help support people who have been forced to flee their homes owing to reasons anchored around conflict, violence or persecution in the continent.
He said: "Today, we received a N10 million-naira donation from the Daystar Christian Centre, a benevolent faith organisation based in Nigeria.
"This donation will support people forced to flee their homes because of conflict, violence or persecution in Africa.''
See the tweet below:
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Gabriel Adeyemo, assistant communications officer, UNHCR, Nigeria, said the donation, which was about $30,000 was handed over to the UNHCR team in Lagos by the church at a brief ceremony on Tuesday in Lagos.
Jose Antonio-Canhandula, UNHCR’s representative to Nigeria was quoted as saying the donation would be used to provide life-saving emergency assistance to families forced to flee their homes.
“Nigeria is unfortunately affected by this phenomenon, not only in north-east, but also the Middle Belt.
“Many displaced persons do not have where to sleep; no access to water; and access to healthcare facilities is very limited.
“They do not participate in the economy and cannot fend for themselves,” Antonio-Canhandula said.
He said that the commitment of Daystar Centre to help uprooted families was truly appreciated and also demonstrated the spirit of sharing.
He said that the centre had paved the way for other civic organizations to support our brothers and sisters fleeing due to conflict.
The representative added that Africa had vast potential to finance the needs of its displaced persons through its rich spirit of giving and human solidarity.
Antonio-Canhandula noted that the world’s displaced persons had reached 68.5 million, adding that an unprecedented level of over 25 million of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He said that 76 per cent of the 68.5 million were women and children.
Some social media users took to the comment section to react to the news, with many praising the man of God for his commitment to bettering the lives of other people.
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In another tweet that surfaced on the agency’s page, Adeyemi was quoted to have said: “When people flee their homes, their needs become critical, and their coping mechanisms compromised - @DastarNG donation is a commitment towards restoring the resilience of families forced to flee across the continent,”
See the tweet below:
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A tweet on the official handle of the church quoted Adeyemi as saying: "We are deeply affected by what our displaced brothers and sisters are going through. We recognize the great works of UNHCR and we hope other faith based organization see the importance of being a part of this cause"
In other news, Legit.ng had previously gathered the report of a kindhearted woman who has become well-known for using over N200k of her money to feed about 400 children every month. According to the woman, she grew up in unpleasant circumstances and for this reason she can easily relate to the sufferings of the less privileged kids.
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