By: Chris Omotosho/Sokoto
Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, His Lordship Most Reverend Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah has donated bags of rice, wrappers, food ingredients, varieties of drugs and other items worth thousands of naira in aid the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gandi, Rabat Local Government Area of the State.
Bishop Kukah who presented the relief materials to the District Head of Gandi and the Secretary of Rabah Local Government along with officials of the Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency during his solidarity visit to the IDPs informed that he was at Gandi to sympathies with the remaining 4,900 displaced persons who survived the attack by bandits during which not less than 76 persons lost their lives.
His Lordship who was accompanied on the visit by some members of the Catholic Community from the State said the criminals who perpetrated the killing do not care about the faith of their victims and called on Christians and Muslims to collaborate to defeat the goal of criminals to drive a wedge between adherents of both religions.
Responding, the District Head of Gandi and Secretary to Rabah Local Government both commended Bishop Kukah and the Catholic Church for the kindness and maturity shown, supporting the call for Christians and Muslims to unite for common humanity and brotherhood.
One of the displaced person in his contribution recalled that the bandits wrote to the farming communities in the three villages attacked to provide N1.5m or risk their lives.
He said they couldn’t raise such amount and true to the threat, the bandits invaded the communities on motorcycles killing everyone in sight.