By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA- A Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Nation First Foundation, NFF, has urged Nigerians to show sacrificial love to vulnerable children and women as the country joins the rest of the world to celebrate Easter, commemorating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This was stated by the Country Director, NFF, Oniawan Elidad, at Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Dagba Community, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, where he lamented the neglect vulnerable children and women suffer in the country, with their rights daily infringed upon and no justice for them. Rather, they are continually being oppressed, suffer and die in silence.
Elidad said the season should be a period of making a u-turn from the old attitude and negative treatment meted out to this category of Nigerians who have no voice and strength whatsoever to defend and speak for themselves, but to express and demonstrate that sacrificial love Jesus Christ showed to the downtrodden and eventually sacrificed his life for the peace and freedom of all mankind.
Some of the relief materials donated to the IDPs include cooked food, soft drinks, drugs, clothings and others.
He said: “Nation First Foundation is an international non-profit-making organisation, which is founded on protecting and projecting the interest of the common man and downtrodden.
“This is because we want them to regain their voices, restore their rights and protect their interests by adding value to their lives through various activities we have been carrying out to positively touch their lives, thereby giving them hope and sense of belonging in their own country and to have a say in their own affairs.
“This Easter celebration is all about Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour of the entire world. He came down from heaven with a heart full of divine love for humanity and made up his mind to sacrifice for the redemption of man from the grip of satan. Before he sacrificed his life, he was always with the downtrodden in the society and ensured they were taken care of and he stood with the poor and made himself poor because of them.
“We are using this outreach called Nation First Foundation Easter Love Outreach to Dagba Community Internally Displaced Persons’ camp to express our love and concern for our brothers and sisters and their children with our token of love. We want to impact their lives in order to give them a sense of belonging.
“Nigerians should express sacrificial love to vulnerable children and women in our country. This is not expensive to do because these categories of Nigerians are not living well at all while some Nigerians waste their resources on things that would not really impact society.
People should emulate the life and love of Christ and reach out to these downtrodden Nigerians.”
He explained that the foundation was at the IDP camp to carry out a lot of interventions in the area of healthcare services, distribution of relief materials, water project execution, and others.
“We have lined up activities here in this IDP camp. We have come to continue with our de-worming programme for the children who are prone to contracting diseases, and also to check the health status of pregnant women among them and other sick people.
We are also distributing relief materials like clothing, footwear, insecticide treated nets, blankets, food etc.
“We are here to continue the water and sanitation project which we started before now so they can have access to clean and safe drinking water, then enlighten them on best hygiene practices by our team of medical personnel,” he stated.