Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, on Thursday gave 600 bags of rice to Internally Displaced Persons in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.Emefiele, represented by Alhaji Ishaku Ibrahim, the Maiduguri Branch Comptroller of the CBN, said the token was a personal donation to the Boko Haram insurgency victims.
The CBN governor said the gesture was designed to cushion the hardship of the vulnerable displaced persons who are in dire need of assistance.
He said: “We, therefore, call on the good people of Nigeria to rally round the Federal Government and insurgency-affected states to restore peace in the North East.
“Today, my family and I return to this land hitherto renowned as the ‘Home of Peace’ to make a personal donation of an additional 600 bags of rice from my personal savings, to our vulnerable brothers and sisters in the IDPs’ camps.
“I am particularly glad to address you in an atmosphere of peace brought about by the hard work of our gallant soldiers, the determination of the Federal Government and efforts of government and people of Borno State, who crave for an enduring peace.
“We are happy about the huge successes that have been recorded in the area of security, but one is deeply concerned about reports of malnourishment emanating from the camps for IDPs.
“It is our fervent prayer and hope that in no distant time, this past glory will be restored, more especially now that the CBN is striving hard, in collaboration with fiscal authorities, to diversify the Nigerian economy.”
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State thanked the CBN governor for the donation of 30 tons of rice, including the 400 bags of rice donated on May 13.
Shettima said: “We remain liberally indebted for Mr. Emefiele’s widows’ might to our displaced persons.
“Branch comptroller of CBN, Malam Ibarhim, we are grateful for your support to IDPs.”
Shettima thanked Emefiele for selling the CBN Quarters on Damboa Road to the state government, promising that the payments for the residential quarters would be made to CBN this month.