Enugu donates relief materials to victims of religious riots
February 24, 2006
The Enugu State Government has donated relief materials and cash to some Northern residents in the state who fled their homes for fear of attack, following the reported religious crisis in some parts of the federation.

The items donated to the people who are now taking refuge at the Awkunanaw and Abakpa barracks of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, include 40 bags of rice and 300 pieces of blankets.

0thers are, 300 pieces of nylon mats, 300 cups, 300 buckets, 200 bath towels, 200 pieces of Nigerian wax wrappers and cash of N200,000.00 (Two hundred thousand naira).

Addressing the over one thousand people at the Abakpa Barracks where the items were presented, the State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, described the incident as unfortunate and capable of slowing down the development of a people.

Governor Nnamani, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Dan Shere, pointed out that the cause of the crisis was not about Nigerians, adding that Nigerians should learn to live together as brothers and sisters, under the umbrella of a common God.

The Governor reminded them that Enugu is one of the safest states in Nigeria, stating that he did everything possible to ensure that those who fled their residential areas for fear of being attacked, were in safe hands.

According to the State Chief Executive, “We are working round the clock with the Nigeria Police and military personnel to ensure that our fellow brothers and sisters are not harassed or molested”.

According to the Governor, with the help of the police and the Nigerian Army, the crisis would be brought under control.

He used the occasion to sympathise with those who were affected in one way or the other as a result of the crisis and stressed the need for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, irrespective of their tribe or religion.

The donated items and cash were received on behalf of the people by the Garrison Commander of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Col. A. B. Omadachi.

The people punctuated the Governor’s speech with claps as a demonstration of acceptance and appreciation of the kind gesture of the State Government to them.

 


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