For Dr (Mrs) Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar, wife of the presidential flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar, life’s fulfillment is better accomplished when one puts smiles on the faces of people. Her recent visit to the IDP’s camp in Ohogua community, Edo state, attests to her insatiable desire to transform the lives of those who are victims of circumstances. The entire International Christian Centre, ICC, went agog with shouts of excitement and joy from the IDPs who prayed for Atiku’s victory, writes ANGELEEN NKWOCHA.
Monday the 21st of January 2019, was a remarkable day for the IDPs in Ohogua community, Edo state as Dr (Mrs) Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar took out time from her scheduled Town Hall meeting with Edo women, to visit the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the International Christian Centre (ICC) in Ohogua community, Ovia South-West LGA of Edo state, a journey of about 12km from Benin city. This was in the course of her campaign tour of the South South and South East regions of Nigeria to drum up support for the Presidential candidacy of Alh. Atiku Abubakar.
The August visitor who was received on arrival by Pastor Solomom Folorunsho founder of the centre, introduced her to the IDPs amidst shouts of joy and excitements by the over 3,700 persons made up of orphans, widows and widowers who fled from Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria.
Even the surrounding trees at the camp danced to Mrs Abubakar’s charming and motherly love. The affection exhibited through her interaction, particularly with the children was heartwarming. The aura of her enchanting personality had the entire occupants of the camp pray for the victory of Atiku and Obi at the 2019 forth coming presidential polls.
Mrs Abubakar who was obviously touched by the plight of the IDPs empathized with them and was close to tears when she was told that half of them were children who have lost either one parent or both as a result of Boko Haram’s insurgency. Her encouraging words further strengthened their resolve not to dwell in self-pity.
Pst Folorunsho, revealed, that they most often feel isolated and abandoned by the society, but that the entire IDP’s in the camp felt a great sense of belonging and love by the visit of a person in the calibre of Jennifer Abubakar, wife of the PDP presidential aspirant. Adding that they depend solely on donations and gifts from good spirited individuals and organisations. He averred that it was a day he and the entire occupants of the ICC camp will never forget, and prayed for Atiku’s victory at the polls come February 16.
“We have never had it so good, and we are so happy that someone of such high calibre visited us. This is someone who will soon take over government, who came all the way from Abuja to visit us. We are encouraged and strengthened and we do not feel alone”, Pst Folorunsho said.
Mrs Abubakar while presenting the IDPs with food items, toiletries and children story books amongst other things promised to work with the centre through her NGO, Gede Foundation. She said she will ensure that the children in school complete their education, having been told that 26 children out of the total IDPs are currently studying in various Universities in Nigeria.
Past Folorunsho concluded that she has by this singular act distinguished herself as a woman who understands the power to nurture and transform lives and is an epitome of hope to the downtrodden.