Award winning singer, Innocent “2Face” Idibia, has presented a cheque of ₦3.5million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR.
2Face, who made the presentation to UNHCR in Lagos, said that he was particularly touched when he visited camps of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in north-eastern Nigeria recently.
He said that he was donating the money to the agency to assist it in alleviating the living conditions of the IDPs, who had been subjected to harrowing experiences in the various camps.
The conditions I met the internally displaced persons, when I visited their various camps were terrible. They were really terrible.
The 2Face Foundation has, therefore, decided to enter into partnership with the UNHCR to see how we can help put smiles on the faces of these persons.
My foundation is today presenting this cheque to the UNHCR to support it in its operations of alleviating the sufferings of these IDPs.
The singer called on other well-meaning Nigerians to support the international organisation in its effort at protecting the millions of Nigerians in the various camps.
He said that it had become obvious that the agency and government alone would not be able to address the current socio-economic problems facing the IDPs.
The UNHCR’s Acting Country Representative to Nigeria, Brigitte Mukango-Eno, commended 2Face for the humanitarian gesture, adding that her Agency currently needed public support for its operations in the north-east.
Ms. Mukango-Eno, who was represented UNHCR’s External and Donor Relations Officer, Hanson Tamfu, said that the activities of Boko Haram in the north- east had overstretched the agency’s financial base.