Group decries impact of insecurity, seeks support for orphans


By Kayode Abdulazeez, Ilorin

Non-governmental organisation, operating under the aegis of the Islamic orphanage foundation, has expressed worry over how insecurity across the country is adding to the number of orphans in Nigeria.

Chairman of the foundation, Architect Sefiullahi Alege, stated this during the annual orphanage day and empowerment programme for some orphans who had graduated in various skills, to enable them to become self-reliant.

Alege, while addressing journalists at the venue of the event, held at the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Union secretariat, Ilorin, Kwara state said “We appeal to Federal and State Governments, Traditional and Spiritual leaders to address the issue of security in the country.”

“As we all know that the result of this will produce a lot of orphans all over. Our IDP centers are also not safe with incessant attacks on innocent people.

“The increase in the numbers of orphans in the society has contributed to our challenges of catering for their needs especially in the area of payment of school fees among others.

“We want to see the whole scenario as being politically motivated and the root of the whole killing must be identified and the culprits brought to book”, he stated.

The Chairman of the foundation also acknowledged receipt of N780, 000 from Nigeria hip hop artist, David Adeleke, aka Davido early this year being part of his support for orphans and as well expressed appreciation to the President, Mohammadu Buhari for allowing the Nigeria Custom Service to make donation of food items, clothes, and other individuals who have been contributing to the foundation.