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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Short Essay 37: Relief for the Fulani

Short Essay 37
By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde

Relief for the Fulani in Jos

Readers of my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/aliyu.u.tilde) might have read the posting I made this morning regarding the current humanitarian situation of the forcibly displaced Fulani in Barikin Ladi and Riyom local governments. I then reported that no relief material has reached them even as at noon when I made the posting. The situation has not changed and it is not likely to change until tomorrow morning, perhaps. This is in spite of the fact that the locations of the camps chosen by the Fulani were given to the state SEMA officials as at yesterday 4.00pm when we were leaving Mahanga and the Fulani were starting to move to the sites.

The STF have applied pressure on the state committee handling the relief materials to expedite action on the matter. “The eyes of the world is on this case wo,” one of the commanders told the relief officials. As at this evening when we were leaving the STF office, we received the assurance that materials will start reaching the camps latest 9.00am; otherwise, the Fulani, we threatened, will return to their homes in the prohibited area. Keeping IDPs in camps without food for this number of hours is criminal. The relief is coming from the Plateau State government. We realized that this initial delay might not be the last, should we continue to depend on the Plateau State Government for relief. A complimentary source is necessary.

For the past three days, I have been receiving offers for assistance from sympathizers outside the state. From my past experience, I told them that I would not like to handle cash directly and alone. I, therefore, sought the assistance of Saleh Bayari, the Protem National Secretary of Miyetti Allah, in forming a committee of seven trustworthy people on ground who will help in handling the assistance that will come my way. He obliged and the following seven names were listed.

Dr. Adamu Sambo (08076153997)
Musa Bayero (08034509345)
Aliyu Bello (08039245567)
Saleh Bayari (08033587281)
Aliyu U. Tilde (08137661860)
Musa Mai-Nagge (08036489783)
Muhammad Adam B/Ladi (08036536563)

This committee will sit and deliberate on the requirement of the IDPs at any given point, the purchase and distribution of items. The STF has pledged to provide adequate security for the storage and delivery of the relief material.

I have contacted some reputable personalities in Abuja – Adamu Adamu and others – to assist with handling relief materials and donations that may be easier to collect at their end. They are already putting their heads together to come up with something. If they have not concluded on it as at the time I am posting this update, details of what they work out will in sha Allah be communicated to my readers and friends tomorrow.

It is likely that tomorrow morning the STF may make an important announcement may be made, likely limiting the duration of the operation which started this morning. In any case, the need to assist the Fulani will still be there because displacement usually comes with loss of property. Some houses have been burnt last week; some lives lost, some detentions made and some cattle killed, etc. Our assistance will help in mitigating the loss and assuring them of our brotherhood.

Those who intend to send cash could please use my GTB account (Aliyu Tilde 0044453830, Bauchi Branch), or give it to the designated person nearest to them. The sender should please copy the alert of the text to Alhaji Saleh Bayari (08033587281) to register the transaction in our book. We intend to publish details of how the monies are utilized for public consumption.

The contact we made with a humanitarian agency was successful. Their material is already on the way.

I stop here. Good night.


Bauchi
17/7/12

28 comments:

Rabiu Umar Maska said...

Allah yayi maka Albarka Dr.

shah said...

Thank you Dr. I am staying in the UK right now but I do intend to donate the little that I can afford. Please inform me if that your account that you mentioned can still be used to transfer my donation. Is there any code or any special number that needs to be added. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Khairin nas man yan fa un nas• Mai duka ya saka maku da alkhairi. Amin bissalam

Anonymous said...

Dr you are one of a kind,truly appreciate your selfless service to humanity,

Regards.

Yusuf Illo said...

Dr Tilde, more grease to your elbows.
JazakAllahu khair, may ALLAH (SWT) reward you all with Jannatul Firdaus.

Yasir Ramadan Gwale said...

Jazakallahu khairn Dr. Aliyu Tilde wallahi our words cannot express our happines and satispaction of what you're doing. May Allah reward all those who put there hand on this issue. Allah ya dawo mana da zaman lafiya.

Yasir Ramadan Gwale said...

Dr. Aliyu Allah ya saka da alheri akan wannan kokari da akeyi hakika kalaman bakinmu bazasu iya bayyana gamsuwarmu da kaiba, sai dai muce Allah ya saka muku da mafificin alheri.

Engr Kabiru S. Barau said...

May Allah subhbnahu wa ta'ala assist you greatly and bring solution to this problem.Amen.

Anonymous said...

May Allah reward you abundantly

Huzaifa Sani Ilyas said...

With due respect, Dr. You have done it, and you are still doing it. The work of the past veteran journalists who were so frank and were not controlled by the government. The paths of Awolowo, Zik, Herbert Macauley, Dele Giwa, Magaji Danbatta etc. Men who were fearless in avery difficult situation. We are proud to have you people. May God bless you.

jidda said...

Dr Tilde, a man who puts his money where his mouth is. I respect practical people not mere talkers and noise makers. We here in maiduguri have a lot of IDPs but shall endeavor to get something across. Well done.

jidda said...

Dr Tilde is a great man. A practical man who would put his money where his mouth is. What ever we can afford let us give. Transparency is being ensured.

Anonymous said...

Blood is thicker than water

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you and the honest people working towarsd d success of this evacaution and I pray to almighty Allah for us all to see the end of dis injustice and to those that are forced to leave their homes,may you all find peace where it is best amin ya rabbi

Baban Hamdan said...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah.

It is my prayer that Almighty Allah help you in this effort to soften the hardship of our Nigerian Fulani broters in Plateu State.

May be I am not right, my observation is that, unless in a situation someone make online transfer of funds (in this event the text contains his account balances as well) when someone paid in cash into a third party Bank Account, no alert is sent to him, but only to the account holder.

I wanted to draw your attention to find another way of confirming the deposit to Alhaji Saleh Bayari (08033587281) other than:

"The sender should please copy the alert of the text to..."

I hope I am cooperating.

May Allah SWT guide you.

Anonymous said...

Best wish

Unknown said...

Allah ya saka da alheri kuma yaja kwana!

Unknown said...

Dr Allah ya saka da alheri, yaja kwana kuma ya albarkaci dhurriyyah!

GIDADO said...

wel done tilde

GIDADO said...

tanks Dr. TILDE. I wish all fulbe educated people were like u, we fulbe in jos realy owe u a great amount of gratitude. Thank u

Muhd Ismail Hinna said...

How I wish it is on the same frequency or even more you will operate when muslims are generally affected.

Bello Ibrahim said...

Allah walluma Dr.

NUHU GIDADO said...

May Allah reward ur efforts Doc. & may peace reign in our country, Amin. Kudos.

Anonymous said...

Laa haula walaa quwata illaa billah! Oh Allah, as Ramadan approaches, come to the aid of the fellow muslims that were sent out of their homes.

Ado Maaji said...

Jazakumul Allah khairan. This is what we have done as far back as 1999 when the crisis first started. I suggest that such committee should be a permanent one for all situations including natural desasters

Anonymous said...

Dr. JazakumulLahu khairan. May Almighty Allah restore peace and security in our country.

Babagana Gashi Mustapha said...

Allah ya saka maka da Alkhairin sa Ameen. We are proud to be associated with you Dr.

Ahmad 'Ibn Lauwal said...

Dr, may Allah Reward all of you bountifully for the selfless service to humanity. May Allah Reward all donors to the cause.We are praying daily to the Almighty Allah for peace to return to Nigeria for progress, development and national cohesion.Ahmad 'Ibn Lauwal, Kaduna