By Abdur-Rahman Balogun
Abuja, Oct. 30, 2019: A Nigerian woman and two-time cancer survivor has displayed the spirit of benevolence by donating her one month salary to the children of Nigerians who returned from xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The lady, who pleaded anonymity, said she had been in the hospital for 18 months, and vowed that if she survives her medical ordeal, she will put smiles in the faces of the less privileged in the society.
The inspiration, however, got to her when some Nigerians were reportedly evacuated from xenophobic attacks in South African to Nigeria with their children, losing all their means of livelihood.
Said she “while I was at the hospital, I made a covenant with God that if I survive cancer, I will put little smiles on the faces of people”
“I then promised myself to help the needy, especially the children of the returnees, hence my donating the sum of five hundred thousand naira, as my own contribution’’, She said.
The middle-aged patriotic woman implored other well-meaning Nigerians to contribute to the oneness and unity of the country by helping their fellow Nigerians in distress.
While in South Africa, “the returnees didn’t see themselves as Igbos, Yorubas, Hausas or Fulanis but as Nigerians. This is the spirit we should all imbibe in our daily interactions’’, she counseled.
Receiving the woman in her office on Wednesday, the Chairman/CEO of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa thanked the woman for her kind gesture.
The NIDCOM boss who was touched by the kind act of the woman was eager to know why she decided to give out her salary for charity purpose.
The elated Chairman used the opportunity to call on other well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of their fellow countrymen in dire need of reintegration, re-orientation and empowerment.
Head, Media Unit