By Sani Gazas Damaturu
The Yobe State Government in collaboration with North-East Development Commission (NEDC), has distributed food items to 633 less privileged Christian households for peaceful celebration of Christmas across the state.
The NEDC State Focal Person doubles as the state Coordinator, Dr. Ali Ibrahim Abbas, said the Christian community had been part and parcel of the state.
He stated that, Governor Mai Mala Buni as the national leader understands that the Christian brothers and sisters are going to celebrate Christmas this soon which he deem it fit to support, and joint them in this year celebration.
“So this is an extension of his kind gesture to the people of the Christian community. This kind of support we believe will assist the less privileged among them to celebrate the period with ease, happiness and prosperity.” He said.
Abba explained that the items distributed include a bag of rice, carton of spaghetti and cooking oil which would be given to 633 households each across the state.
“We directed the Christian leadership of the state to carefully selected 633 most vulnerable and lessprivileged members among them, which they did. WhichYou can see most of the beneficiaries here are old men and women who truly deserve this support.
“I commended the leadership for being fair in the selection and this program would continue across other local government areas.”, he added.
Alhaji Mala Musti, who I the Yobe state Commissioner Ministry for Religious Affairs called on all the beneficiaries to pray hard for the state and the nation in general.
He stressed that though Yobe state is enjoying relative peace, while other parts of the country were seriously in need of prayers for return of full peace in the region.
He added that, in this trial moment as it’s now, what it needed most was prayer from everyone in the country over the security challenges confronting the nation which will soon wipe away.
The Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Yobe State chapter, Bishop Yuhana Audu, expressed gratitude to NEDC Yobe government for their kindness and supporting the less privilege in the state.
“On behalf of the Christian community in Yobe state, I sincerely appreciate the kindness of Dr. Ali Ibrahim Abbas, the NEDC Focal Person and Governor Mai Mala Buni for their kind gesture to the Christian community in the state.
Audu also commended the commissioner for religious affairs for his exemplary leadership, describing him as a father to all and sundry.
He also called on the beneficiaries to value the items shared same with their neighbours and enjoined them to continue to pray for peace and prosperity for the state and the country.