A federal lawmaker representing Nasarawa/Toto at the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Ja’afaru Ibrahim, has donated materials worth over N3million to persons displaced by recent crisis between herders and farmers in Benue state.
The relief materials, which comprised bags of rice, sugar, garri, tubers of yam and bottled water, were received on behalf of the IDPs by Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairmen of Awe and Kean LGCs.
The lawmaker said the relief materials are to be distributed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps located in Azara and Kadarko communities in Awe and Keana and Local Government Councils of Nasarawa state.
Represented by Barr. Mustapha Galadima, Hon. Ja’afaru, who is one of the front runners in the race to become Governor of Nasarawa state in 2019, said the gesture was only symbolic as nothing could be greater than what one provided for one’s self.
He said it was important for all well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the IDPs, adding that nothing was too small to give at “moment of their needs.”
“It is my belief that you are not here because you are lazy and could not provide for yourselves. You are here because condition beyond your control forced you out of your comfort zones.”
He commended Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state for the timely provisions for the comfort of the IDPs.
The lawmaker also commended the federal government for promptly answering the distressed calls from the Benue state government by dispatching the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, to the state for on-the-spot assessment.
“I don’t believe there is no misunderstanding that can’t be resolved through the approved and lawful processes. While we must resolve to seek redress for wrong done us through the acceptable way, we must also go back to taking advantage of our various traditional means of settling scores.
“Indeed, this is a time when all men and women of good conscience must rally round efforts being made by the authorities concerned to find lasting solution to this perennial skirmish.
“This is not the time to withdraw into political cocoon, hoping to make political capital out of the challenges as that would mean taking advantage of the misery of the very people you hope to gain from their votes.”
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Boniface Ifer, thanked Ja’afaru for coming to their aid, saying he has proved to be “a brother indeed.”