Archbishop Kaigama donates relief materials to IDPs camp

Archbishop Kaigama donates relief materials to IDPs camp

By Bridget Ikyado, Abuja.

 

The Archbishop of the Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace Ignatius Kaigama, has donated relief materials to inmates of New Kuchingoro Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Abuja to celebrate Christmas.

 

Addressing the displaced persons, the archbishop said that Nigerians had no business staying in IDPs camps for too long.

 

He urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to make the ancestral homes of the inmates conducive for their resettlement.

 

Kaigama urged the inmates to remain faithful and prayerful, while putting all their hope in God.

 

“I hope there is a department in the FCT to take care of displaced people; these people don’t know where they come from.

 

“They don’t have adequate housing and social amenities. Government should monitor their progress. It is not enough to acknowledge that we have IDPs in our midst.

 

“Government must monitor their health; children’s growth, and provide them with education, water and sanitation,’’ he said.

 

The archbishop expressed the hope that government would show more interest in what the Church and other NGOs were doing to assist the inmates.

 

Kaigama also called on INEC and politicians to ensure they assisted the displaced persons and identified with them for a better life.

 

He encouraged the people to be strong, even in the face of their hardship and societal deprivation.

 

He also urged them to pray, be committed and faithful, while trusting God for changes and blessings.

 

Kaigama also prayed for the inmates against harm and violence of any form.

 

Earlier, Mr Josephat Abaagu, Chairman, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Archdiocese of Abuja, encouraged the IDPs not to give up.

 

According to him, there is no suffering or problem that is permanent.

 

“Believe in the goodness of God; there must come an end to every challenge,’’ he said.

 

He encouraged the IDPs to ensure they returned to their states of origin, as government had been resettling displaced persons.

 

“We have people from Borno and the state government is resettling a lot of displaced persons; those here could return home.”

 

He stressed that the displaced persons’ decision to return home and resettle was the best way they could get engaged in useful economic activities and be self-reliant.

 

“IDPs camps cannot be a permanent feature in any society,’’ he said.

 

Abaagu said that the act of giving was to reduce their sufferings and encouraged the inmates to be peaceful and coordinated.

 

Rev. Fr. Joseph Kioko of St Christopher’s Parish, who led the archbishop to the IDPs camp, lauded Kaigama and the JDPC for the gesture, stressing that the donation was timely and very important to the community.

 

Widows, men, youths and children were given foodstuffs, clothing and toiletries to enable them to celebrate the Yuletide.

 

Mrs Dorcas Ahmed, a widow and beneficiary, expressed joy at the gifts.

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