Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday donated food items to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, residing in Yola, the Adamawa State capital and its environs to mark his 70th birthday.
Atiku addressing the IDPs at a ceremony in Yola, said the gesture was to show concern on the plight of the IDPs and to assure them of his commitment to continue to support them.
“I have told my friends and associates not to waste money buying birthday cards and other gifts for me but to use the money to buy foodstuff for you.
Atiku said the last administration handled the Boko Haram issue with kid glove, he and recalled how the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, whom he served as vice president, crushed such uprising in Yobe State.
The former vice president also blamed the current recession in the country on the last administration and urged the public to bear with the present administration’s effort to tackle the situation.
He also urged the Federal Government to do more on the plight of IDPs to enable them to go back to their communities and pick up their lives once again.
The leader of the Adamawa Peace Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Dr. Margee Ensign, said the NGO through the support of the former vice president, had for the past two years supported IDPs in the state.
Ensign said the Initiative distributed food items to 5,000 IDPs families to mark Abubakar’s birthday.
Ahead of his 70th birthday which comes up on November 25th, Atiku Abubakar had appealed to his friends and associates to divert the money they planned to use to take up congratulatory advertorials for him, to IDP camps and other charitable causes.
According to the former vice president, giving back to humanity has been his passion and his friends and associates would honour him better if they spend their resources on charitable causes to celebrate his special day.