As part of activities marking this year’s celebration of Saint Valentine’s Day, a clergyman, Pastor Yohanna Buru, yesterday afternoon led by a delegation of Christian leaders of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, Sabon Tasha, cerebrated with destitute and IDPs.
The Christian group from Region of Southern area of Kaduna state of Nigeria arrived home of the destitute to meet with street beggars and people of different forms of deformities and immensely distributed food stuffs and drinks and also donated other humanitarian assistance to Muslim and Christian inmates at the Mallam Niggers Rehabilitation Centre, Rigasa, Kaduna.
Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Badarawa and Unguwan Dosa in Kaduna North were also reached.
Pastor Buru said, “We choose these category of human beings to celebrate with them this year simply because we felt that those are the people of God that really needed our love, care and assistance at this season; majority of them were being neglected and rejected by the society, which makes live extremely difficult for them and their children.”
He added that, “As people round the world celebrate valentine with their loved ones, sharing many good things of joy and happiness, we deem it fit to select the less privileged and inmates with refugees from different areas in the state, in order to make them understand that we love them and we pray for them for God to help them in overcoming all the daily challenges they face when searching for food to eat, cloth and shelter.”
“Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant, while others may choose this day to propose or get married.
“Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, best romantic drinks, jewelry or flowers – particularly roses – to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day. But to us, we decided that the only way to show care and love is to feed over 500 destitute, inmates and IDPs with take-away foods and best drinks along with Indomie noodles,” he said.
Pastor Buru said, “This is an effort to promote peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria and to call on every citizen across the country to immensely shun all forms of ethno-religious political crisis that is disturbing peace stability.” According to him, “they need societies so as to show them love and care due to the hard situation they find themselves in.”
Pastor Buru added that, so many sins were committed on Valentine’s Days due to how the world is turning upside-down, increasing rape cases, sex scandals, and so many broken homes as a result of total misconception of what Valentine is all about.
Receiving the items on behalf of hundreds of street beggars in Kaduna, Mallam Muntari Saleh, spokesman of Northern Blind Forums, thanked Pastor Yohanna Buru for cooking food for them on this special Lovers’ Day, saying, anyone that remembered them today is really their true lover, and they will be praying for such a person.
Mallam Muntari Saleh said, not all people remembered them on this special Valentine’s day, except the chosen ones by the Almighty God that gives him this inspiration to do this.
Muntari also said that, “Now, due to poverty disturbing everyone in the country, not everyone usually donates money or any gift item to the less privileged as a result of the hardship.”
While visiting the IDPs at Badarawa and Unguwan Dosa to also donate foodstuffs to them, most of the refugees complained bitterly over negligence, hunger and high cost of house rent bothering them.
Mama Aisha Gambaringala is a refugee women with 9 children, who called for assistance from Federal Government, NEMA and SEMA, Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations, NGOs and Civil Societies Organization to introduce a programme of skilled acquisition for all IDP women, who are currently widows, and to make education free to all the orphanage children so as to have good education like any other child on this planet.