The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudasiru Osaba, on Thursday, delivered 10,000 bags of rice donated to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno State, by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the Borno State House of Assembly for onward distribution to the the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Receiving the bags of rice branded with the picture of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan, commended the APC national leader and Hon. Obasa for the donation and delivery.
Flagging off the distribution with officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Speaker, Hon. Lawan, said the intervention was first of its kind since Boko Haram crisis, hence he called on other individuals to emulate the gesture.
He said the donation came at the right time, considering the economic hardship faced by traumatised IDPs in the State.
Lawan said Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian agencies have been doing a lot in managing the plights of IDPs in the state, but unfortunately, due to the devastating effects of the Boko Haram crisis, there was much concern on meeting the economic demands of the displaced families and those living in host communities, hence, the donation was a welcome development and timely at this critical period.
“We in Borno State, especially members of the Borno State House of Assembly are happy and very appreciative to the Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudasiru Osaba for donating and delivering the 10,000 bags of rice which we are distributing today,” he added
The development came shortly after the APC National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu denied distributing bags of rice in some states in the northern part of the country after a viral video of images depicting the face of the APC leader on bags of rice was recently being circulated on some social media platforms.
The former governor of Lagos had said he was not responsible for this initiative.
There have been speculations that the former Lagos governor might be contesting for the 2023 presidential election.