IDPs in Edo Camp: Dogara weeps over their plight …pays fees for orphaned children

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By; Iyokpo Egbodo, Abuja.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara could not hold back his tears and gave in to his emotion over the terrible conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Uhogua camp in Edo State when he visited.

 

The Speaker was emotionally moved on the sight of hundreds of orphaned children who constituted the majority of people, mostly from Adamawa and Borno States in the camp, as he appealed to spirited individuals to help meet the needs of millions of IDPs in Nigeria.

Spokesman of the Speaker, Turaki Hassan in a statement explained that Dogara has however encouraged the IDPs not to lose hope, assuring them that government is doing everything possible to return them back to their communities soon.

“When I came in here I saw a people who are determined not to be broken inspite of the circumstances that surround them. I must encourage you. I am part of the region of the North where you came from. I am also affected.  I had to concede one of my houses for IDPs from Yobe and Borno state to live in,” he was quoted as saying.

While urging the people to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness saying “the situation we found ourselves is not just peculiar to us but has been happening in the course of human history,” the Speaker said it was “painful, very painful. You may remember how you left and the people you left behind. Forty percent of you here are orphans. You may be tempted to always cast your mind back over what happened to you. Once you are stuck in that you will be filled with bitterness and anger and if that happens you can’t make progress. I know it is difficult but we have to take our minds off it”.

He told the people to put their trust in God because “where people have trusted God there is no situation that God cannot change.”

He said some countries have passed through similar or even worse situations than theirs but with faith in God and determination, they emerged stronger, citing the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as one example.

 

“As long as this government endures you will always be in our heart. Thank God for the change. If we had continue like before probably Boko Haram would have taken over Jos, Platuea State by now,” he stated, adding that divine intervention saved the country from being taken over by Boko Haram terrorists.

 

“God had mercy on us in response to our prayers and change came and we are committed to ending this violence. Very soon may be in this year some of you may go back home to your communities. This is something we must do because we have no other country than Nigeria.”

 

He further pledged to write off the fees of hundreds of the children who sat for the West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), and the Joint Administration, Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB).

 

He urged the Pastor of the Church hosting the IDPs and orphans, Solomon A. Olorunsho to be faithful in catering for their needs as God will multiply his ministry.

“If God has trusted you Pastor with these souls and you manage them well there will be an explosion in this ministry. If you faithfully cater for them and take care of their needs in no distant time this ministry will explored,” he said.

The Speaker also expressed gratitude to the people and government of Edo State for hosting the IDPs. “These our brothers and sisters travelled hundreds of kilometres and skipped communities and bye-passed many places before they settle here. That speaks to the nature of the people we have in this state. If they are not accommodating they wouldnt have been here.  We thank Edo people,” Dogara submitted.

 

Receiving the items on behalf of the IDPs, 10 year old Grace Ayuba, who is from Borno State expressed gratitude to the Speaker and prayed God to bless him the more.

He was accompanied by members of the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Management, led by the Chairman, Hon. Jibrin Satumari.

IDPs in Edo Camp: Dogara weeps over their plight  …pays fees for orphaned children

 

By; Iyokpo Egbodo, Abuja.

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara could not hold back his tears and gave in to his emotion over the terrible conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Uhogua camp in Edo State when he visited.

 

The Speaker was emotionally moved on the sight of hundreds of orphaned children who constituted the majority of people, mostly from Adamawa and Borno States in the camp, as he appealed to spirited individuals to help meet the needs of millions of IDPs in Nigeria.

 

Spokesman of the Speaker, Turaki Hassan in a statement explained that Dogara has however encouraged the IDPs not to lose hope, assuring them that government is doing everything possible to return them back to their communities soon.

 

“When I came in here I saw a people who are determined not to be broken inspite of the circumstances that surround them. I must encourage you. I am part of the region of the North where you came from. I am also affected.  I had to concede one of my houses for IDPs from Yobe and Borno state to live in,” he was quoted as saying.

 

While urging the people to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness saying “the situation we found ourselves is not just peculiar to us but has been happening in the course of human history,” the Speaker said it was “painful, very painful. You may remember how you left and the people you left behind. Forty percent of you here are orphans. You may be tempted to always cast your mind back over what happened to you. Once you are stuck in that you will be filled with bitterness and anger and if that happens you can’t make progress. I know it is difficult but we have to take our minds off it”.

 

He told the people to put their trust in God because “where people have trusted God there is no situation that God cannot change.”

He said some countries have passed through similar or even worse situations than theirs but with faith in God and determination, they emerged stronger, citing the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as one example.

 

“As long as this government endures you will always be in our heart. Thank God for the change. If we had continue like before probably Boko Haram would have taken over Jos, Platuea State by now,” he stated, adding that divine intervention saved the country from being taken over by Boko Haram terrorists.

 

“God had mercy on us in response to our prayers and change came and we are committed to ending this violence. Very soon may be in this year some of you may go back home to your communities. This is something we must do because we have no other country than Nigeria.”

 

He further pledged to write off the fees of hundreds of the children who sat for the West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), and the Joint Administration, Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB).

 

He urged the Pastor of the Church hosting the IDPs and orphans, Solomon A. Olorunsho to be faithful in catering for their needs as God will multiply his ministry.

 

“If God has trusted you Pastor with these souls and you manage them well there will be an explosion in this ministry. If you faithfully cater for them and take care of their needs in no distant time this ministry will explored,” he said.

 

The Speaker also expressed gratitude to the people and government of Edo State for hosting the IDPs. “These our brothers and sisters travelled hundreds of kilometres and skipped communities and bye-passed many places before they settle here. That speaks to the nature of the people we have in this state. If they are not accommodating they wouldnt have been here.  We thank Edo people,” Dogara submitted.

 

Receiving the items on behalf of the IDPs, 10 year old Grace Ayuba, who is from Borno State expressed gratitude to the Speaker and prayed God to bless him the more.

He was accompanied by members of the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Management, led by the Chairman, Hon. Jibrin Satumari.

IDPs in Edo Camp: Dogara weeps over their plight  …pays fees for orphaned children

 

By; Iyokpo Egbodo, Abuja.

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara could not hold back his tears and gave in to his emotion over the terrible conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Uhogua camp in Edo State when he visited.

 

The Speaker was emotionally moved on the sight of hundreds of orphaned children who constituted the majority of people, mostly from Adamawa and Borno States in the camp, as he appealed to spirited individuals to help meet the needs of millions of IDPs in Nigeria.

 

Spokesman of the Speaker, Turaki Hassan in a statement explained that Dogara has however encouraged the IDPs not to lose hope, assuring them that government is doing everything possible to return them back to their communities soon.

 

“When I came in here I saw a people who are determined not to be broken inspite of the circumstances that surround them. I must encourage you. I am part of the region of the North where you came from. I am also affected.  I had to concede one of my houses for IDPs from Yobe and Borno state to live in,” he was quoted as saying.

 

While urging the people to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness saying “the situation we found ourselves is not just peculiar to us but has been happening in the course of human history,” the Speaker said it was “painful, very painful. You may remember how you left and the people you left behind. Forty percent of you here are orphans. You may be tempted to always cast your mind back over what happened to you. Once you are stuck in that you will be filled with bitterness and anger and if that happens you can’t make progress. I know it is difficult but we have to take our minds off it”.

 

He told the people to put their trust in God because “where people have trusted God there is no situation that God cannot change.”

He said some countries have passed through similar or even worse situations than theirs but with faith in God and determination, they emerged stronger, citing the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as one example.

 

“As long as this government endures you will always be in our heart. Thank God for the change. If we had continue like before probably Boko Haram would have taken over Jos, Platuea State by now,” he stated, adding that divine intervention saved the country from being taken over by Boko Haram terrorists.

 

“God had mercy on us in response to our prayers and change came and we are committed to ending this violence. Very soon may be in this year some of you may go back home to your communities. This is something we must do because we have no other country than Nigeria.”

 

He further pledged to write off the fees of hundreds of the children who sat for the West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), and the Joint Administration, Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB).

 

He urged the Pastor of the Church hosting the IDPs and orphans, Solomon A. Olorunsho to be faithful in catering for their needs as God will multiply his ministry.

 

“If God has trusted you Pastor with these souls and you manage them well there will be an explosion in this ministry. If you faithfully cater for them and take care of their needs in no distant time this ministry will explored,” he said.

 

The Speaker also expressed gratitude to the people and government of Edo State for hosting the IDPs. “These our brothers and sisters travelled hundreds of kilometres and skipped communities and bye-passed many places before they settle here. That speaks to the nature of the people we have in this state. If they are not accommodating they wouldnt have been here.  We thank Edo people,” Dogara submitted.

 

Receiving the items on behalf of the IDPs, 10 year old Grace Ayuba, who is from Borno State expressed gratitude to the Speaker and prayed God to bless him the more.

He was accompanied by members of the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Management, led by the Chairman, Hon. Jibrin Satumari.

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