By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The detained leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has distributed foodstuff worth millions of Naira to the Zamfara and Sokoto states Internally displace persons (IDPs) and Christians widows.
The food items, which include bags of rice, millet and sugar were distributed on his behalf by his son, Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky.
A statement signed by Muhammad Ibraheem Zakzaky in Kaduna on Sunday, said the detained Cleric instructed the distribution of the items to assist needy Nigerians, expecially IDPs who left their villages for fear of being kidnapped or killed by the armed bandits.
The statement said this time, the food items distributed include the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sokoto and Zamfara states, who are in various IDP Camps in their respective states and Christian widows in Southern Kaduna who lost their husbands due to insecurity.
Thousands of IDPs in the states benefited from this distribution.
Also, Christian widows in Southern Kaduna benefited from this kind gesture.
At the event, the representative of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in Sokoto, Sheikh Sidi Munir said the choice of the Sokoto and Zamfara IDPs was made by the Sheikh to assist the internally displaced persons who left their villages for the fear of attack from the bandits.
Sidi submitted that those displaced from their ancestral homes were victims of insurgency attack from the North West.
While inaugurating the disbursement of the items, Sheikh Sidi Munir said that thousands of people will benefit from the programme.
Sheikh Sidi Munir Sokoto, called on the Federal Government to unconditionally release the leader of the sect for proper medical attention.
He said, “In the aftermath of Zaria genocide executed by the Nigerian government in December 2015, we have been calling on all citizens to uphold the dictum that injustice to one is injustice to all.”
Some of the beneficiaries thanked Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky for his kind gesture.
“Now we are really happy to receive the foodstuff because we really need food. The IDPs also need to eat expecially during this month of Ramadan. We don’t have work, we are not in our villages, we don’t have anything. We want to thank the Sheikh for this kind gesture and we call on the other people to emulate the Sheikh and help us.” said Malam Kabiru Shehu, one of the IDPs.
Also, during the distribution of the foodstuff to the widows and widowers by Pastor Yuhana Buru in Kaduna, the widows prayed for Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and thanked him for the foodstuff.