By Olayinka Latona
Daystar Christian Centre has donated N10 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugee, UNHCR, to support people displaced by insurgency in the country and other African nations.File: IDPs
Handing over the cheque to officials of the agency in Lagos, the Senior Pastor of the Church, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, said the gesture was in line with the mission of the church to reduce the sufferings of the internally displaced persons, IDPs.
Adeyemi urged stakeholders, especially the church community in the country, to emulate the gesture by bringing relief to those affected.
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His words: “We just like to say first to the church community that people’s problems are actually our own opportunities to bring the power of God and the resources at our disposal to meet those tactical needs, that is why the church exist, so we want to say to the Church community, this is another dimension to the problems Jesus called us to solve, their needs are dire, they have experienced trauma, they need therapy and we want to ask the church community, let’s step in and do more for these people.”
The UNHCR’s Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Antonio Jose Canhandula, who painted a vivid picture of the trauma and sufferings being experienced by the IDPs, said the donation would be used to provide life-saving emergency assistance to families forced to flee their homes.
He also urged the authorities to check the issues of herdsmen in the Middle-Belt before it deteriorated further.
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“That space needs to be watched, that space needs to be dealt with, devoid of all the politics it involved and it is because of the politics that we are actually staying away,” he said.
Cahandula also revealed that 2.8 million Nigerians were also internally displaced within the country, explaining that those displaced were mostly people from Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States who had been forced to flee their homes because of violence, conflict or persecution.
Head of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships in Africa, Needa Jehu-Mazou, said there were lots of deprivations in our spaces.
She stated that Daystar Christian Centre was the first church to throw its weight behind UNHCR in its bid to salvage the plight of IDPs in Nigeria and refugees.
He also said he hoped the church’s contribution would encourage other churches and organisations to help people fleeing conflict.Related