By Rasaq Adebayo
Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) Foundation has extended its hands of fellowship to the troubled spots in the northeast state of Borno as it donated two trailers of rice to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Borno State.
According to the Foundation, the donation was championed by the Speaker if Lagos State House if Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
Speaking on the gesture, the Director-General of the Foundation, Hon. Ahmed Omisore, told our correspondent that the rice has been packed in 5kg for easy distribution among the IDPs.
According to him, the donation of the food items is a gesture to show that the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is much concerned about the well-being of all Nigerians, wherever they may be living.
Omisore noted that the Foundation was established purposely to cater for the needy across the nation’s six geo-political zones.
He further stated: “The Foundation is an advocate of peace. It is founded purposely to cater for the people especially the less privileged ones in our society.
“It stands for what Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is, a lover of peace and advocate of poverty free society. The gesture should be seen as a reflection of his passion to make sure everybody in the country are free of hunger.
“Tinubu, through this Foundation, has been supporting people in various capacity across the country.
“We know the current need of the Internally Displaced People is food and that is why the Foundation is donating trailer loads of rice to the IDP camps in Maiduguri. This is just the beginning of a gesture that will automatically get to other parts of the country.”
Also speaking, Barrister Mobolaji Sanusi, Director of Media of the Foundation, reminded that just recently, the Foundation donated a brand new 18-seater bus to the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Lagos chapter and food times to orphanages in Lagos and Ogun States.
“Our programmes are in batches and we shall continue to execute them one after the other,” he said.
Sanusi further stated that the food items were “donated to support the effort of the Borno State Government in feeding the displaced persons in their various camps.”
He also said the Foundation represents the “good deeds of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a compassionate and generous leader with bias for catering for the well-being of the less privileged.”
He revealed that the Foundation has different programmes for all people in different categories which would be executed in phases.