Hope rising for the IDPs in ICC Ohogua, as Jennifer Abubakar visits

February 4th, 2019

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.

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