By Hussaina Yakubu
Kaduna – Mrs Kussum Buratai, Wife of the Chief of Army Staff and National President, Nigeria Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), has donated about 786 bags of grains to beggars and widows in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items donated to three different communities were pasta, noodles, detergent, groundnut oil, wrappers, rice, maize and millet.
Presenting the items at the communities on Wednesday, Buratai said that the gesture was part of the activities marking the ongoing COAS annual conference in Kaduna by NAOWA.
She assured the people of their continuous support to them and promised to do more soon.
Buratai urged them to pray for God’s continuous protection for her husband in the discharge of his duties.
Receiving the items at the destitutes’ colony, Kano road, Kaduna, the Leader of the crippled persons, Abdullahi Sama’ila, appreciated the gesture.
He said that they were willing and ready to stop begging, if government could support them with capital to start businesses.
Sama’ila explained that they were tired of begging and would want to start a good life, if they could be empowered.
“Here in our midst, there are cripples who, at some time, were given tricycles to earn a living, but that kind of support has not been sustained. Others contributed money and rented a shop but they lacked the capital to run the shop,” he said.
While appreciating the donation of tricycles to about 40 crippled persons, Sama’ila said “virtually all of us here crawl to support ourselves in this place but these tricycles will ease our movements. We are very grateful.”
He also thanked the Chief of Army Staff for his efforts at sustaining peace, especially in Kaduna.
“Peace is very important. During crisis, we are the most affected, because as people living with disabilities, we cannot escape from danger,” he explained.
Receiving Mrs Buratai at Kadaure community, the District Head, Alhaji Magaji Ibrahim, said that the donation of 150 bags of grains, wrappers, groundnut oil, pasta and detergent was commendable and prayed for the success of her husband.
While receiving the items, one of the beneficiaries, Salamatu Haruna, who broke into tears, appreciated the gesture and prayed God to replenish the pocket of the donor.
Also at Kyauta community, the District Head, Idris Zubairu, received the donations of 141 bags of grains and other items.