Some officials of the Sardauna Foundation on Friday visited the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, where they condoled the family of late elder statesman, Shettima Ali Monguno, who died last month.
Led by the chairman of its board of trustees and former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, the foundation, named after the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello, also paid a courtesy call on the Borno State government.
It donated N20 million to the government to assist people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged Borno and other north-eastern states.
Presenting the cheque to the governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, Mr. Aliyu said it was imperative for the foundation to make such donation to the displaced persons, IDPs.
Mr. Aliyu who was accompanied by the former governor of Kano State and ex-Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, among other officers of the foundation, commended the federal government, international and local donor agencies and NGOs for supporting the displaced persons.
“We are quite aware that the task is not a simple one and government alone cannot provide all the needs of the IDPs as well reconstruct the communities destroyed.
“That’s why we are calling on well meaning individuals and organisations to give more in the support of the IDPs and to help the state government overcome the predicaments”.
“Specifically we commend the Aliko Dangote Foundation, the Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation for their generous support to the IDPs and the Borno state government.
Governor Shettima, who thanked the leaders of the Sardauna foundation for the visit, assured them that the donation made will be judiciously used for the purpose it was meant.
Extolling the virtues of Ahmadu Bello, Mr. Shettima assured them that “with the efforts being made by the federal government and Nigerian military in seeing that the insurgency is brought to an end, peace will soon return to the state and region and Borno will regain to its rightful accolade as the home of peace.”