Federal Capital Territory officials have vehemently refused to collect gifts in millions given to the Internally Displaced Persons in Abuja by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
In what appears to be a surprising twist, highly-placed officials in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) rejected donation of food items from the Dangote Foundation meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja.
According to a report by Daily Sun, the food items were reportedly offered in the spirit of Ramadan. But the officials vehemently refused to take delivery of the gifts. It was gathered that the foundation reportedly went to the minister’s office to deliver the multi-million naira items such as sugar, salt, spaghetti, rice, Danvita, and wheat meal only for the gifts to be rejected.
All entreaties that the food items were meant for distribution to the needy like the IDPs fell on deaf ears.
It has always been the tradition of the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote especially in the holy month of Ramadan to give out gifts to indigent and the vulnerable in the society across the country. It was learnt that he delivers gifts and food items to the 36 states, including FCT every year and state governors assign.
However, the latest decision of the FCTA officials to reject the gifts have been met with dismay and bitterness by those living in the FCT. They wondered how the plight of the IDPs would be addressed during Ramadan as the items meant to alleviate their suffering will no longer reach them.
Callers at the FCT secretariat at Area 11, it was gathered, were said to be very displeased on hearing of rejection of the food items, which they believe would have made the IDP camp in Abuja and other vulnerable feel the good side of Ramadan.
According to them, the reason behind the rejection of the food items cannot be justified because those in the IDPs camp are hungry and some of them are dying.