Pop legend, 2face Innocent Idibia has pledged to donate 60 percent of the proceeds from his song to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Nigeria, to assist Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
During a visit to the UNHCR office in Abuja, on Thursday, the musician who is the chairman of the 2face Foundation said the song would be launched in commemoration of the World Refugees Day on June 20. In his words:
“I have decided to dedicate my time, resources and my voice to support the UNHCR in this massive endeavour of alleviating the sufferings of displaced persons.
“On the June 20th which is the world refugees’ day, I am going to be commissioning a song and this song will be monetized.
“60 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the UNHCR to further its humanitarian effort to alleviate the plights of refugees and IDPs. We want people to join in this campaign by downloading the song to use it as their ringtones, caller back tones.
“This download, which would cost between N50 to N100, it’s an opportunity for every Nigerian to contribute in their own little way to the course of assisting displaced persons.”
Appreciating the 2face foundation for supporting UNHCR in its intervention in the North-East, UNHCR’s Deputy Representative on Protection, Bridgette Mukanga-Eno disclosed that the collaboration started when the agency received a donation from the foundation in February to support its activities in the North-East.
She added that from the donation, vocational facilities including mechanic training, iron bending, carpentry will be provided for the men and sewing machines for the ladies among others.
Just recently, the Dangote Foundation was named as the largest donor towards the North-East rehabilitation efforts as it had given out N1 billion worth of building materials for the reconstruction of Bama, Gwoza and Damasak communities that were destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents.
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima disclosed this earlier in the week in Maiduguri while distributing 2.6 million bags and cartons of wheat meal, semolina, rice, guinea corn, beans, spaghetti, noodles, tomato paste to 17,611 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) households at Government House.
He said the foundation has been consistent in its support towards overcoming the challenges in Borno and the North-East region of the country.
According to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, Borno State was close to their hearts because of what has happened and the close relationship the foundation enjoyed with Shettima.
Meanwhile, following the return of no fewer than 10,000 Nigerian refugees in less than two weeks after the signing of a tripartite agreement with the Nigerian and Cameroonian governments, the UNHCR has warned against the increasing return of refugees from Cameroon, insisting that the northeast was not yet safe.
The UN agency said it had a commitment with the Nigerian and Cameroonian governments to seek ways for the voluntary, dignified, sustainable and safe return of the refugees and assured that steps were being taken to ensure that they return to safety and dignity.
Investigations by the Nigerian government and the UNHCR revealed that some of the refugees were forced to return and denied asylum, but the Cameroonian authorities denied the claim and assured that refugees would not be forced to leave the camp or villages until conditions for their return were normalised.
A UNHCR statement disclosed that the agency and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) have registered over 270,000 returnees from Cameroon and the Niger Republic. It also reveals that 7 percent of the returnees claimed to have been forcibly returned to Nigeria.