At those camps, we met some women as young as 30 years old with 10 children! Some in their early 40s with 17 children! The fact is no one has the right to dictate how many children a woman should have, as long as they can be taken care of. Before Boko Haram destroyed their homes and killed their loved ones, they were taken care of. Unfortunately, now that they are displaced, they have become a liability, as there is no means of feeding them. Once we help these women regain financial independence, they will be able to reintegrate into society and they can put their children into schools. How do you intend making the women financially independent?They lived in rural areas and have similar trades; tailoring, farming, petty trading among others. Those that currently don’t have any skills but wish to acquire some have also been listed and we will pay for them to learn.Upon successful completion of their training programs, we will give them all necessary tools to start their own businesses. That’s the strategy we have initiated because this will enable the women take care of themselves and their children with the hopes that this will also motivate them to send their children to school.It’s everyone’s desire to receive assistance to improve the quality of their lives; these people are no exception. Our goal in the RIDWC campaign is to; one create awareness of their plight and also raise funds to help rehabilitate them. As you know, their numbers run into millions! Unfortunately, we don’t have adequate funding to help those we already have on our list from the camps we visited; that’s why an international campaign has been initiated to raise funds to do this. Why is this so important to you?It should be important to everyone! Shouldn’t it be? If this happened to you or someone you know, wouldn’t you want help? I know I would! A great deal of focus is put on those killed by Boko Haram, but what about those that survived their attacks and have become traumatized, homeless and displaced because of these attacks? Don’t they also need the opportunity to regain their dignity and integrate into society like you and I? Were you not concerned about your safety while carrying out these activities in those areas? I was neither scared then nor am I now. We carefully analyzed where we were going to, made inquiries and made adequate preparations based on the situation on ground.Ironically, our donation ceremony to the displaced Nigerians in Gombe was on February 12th, we left Gombe in the afternoon on the 13th, just hours before Boko Haram invaded the city! It was surreal!People were calling us from Gombe crying, terrified and telling us what was going on and I could hear the bomb blasts from the Nigerian Air Force fighter planes fighting back the terrorists.It was crazy because my team and I almost decided to stay in Gombe for the weekend to rest because it’s such a peaceful state; but one of my team members had to return to Lagos because his wife would kill him if he wasn’t home for Valentine’s Day. That was why we left that day. If not, we would have been there when Boko Haram temporarily entered the city. One thing one should always remember is none of us is above being a victim of circumstance. We only scaled through by the grace and mercy of God. None of us is better than those that were on their way to work trying to earn a living to feed themselves and their families when terrorists detonated bombs where they were. Nor are any of us less sinful than those that were in their homes when heartless killers came to their villages to kill their husbands/sons/brothers, take away their daughters/wives/sisters and destroyed all they owned.With that in mind, one should have the fear of God and within one’s means, try to help those in dire need. You have no right to expect help or favour from others when you don’t render the same to others.Helping those that are at the “bottom of the food chain” is what gives me fulfilment. At this point in my life, I won’t do anything that does not give me ultimate satisfaction and fulfillment. How have you been able to raise funds for this project of yours? Body Enhancement Limited along with my other businesses are major sponsors of our humanitarian activities. We have an official partnership with the Nigeria Customs Service through which they give us foods and relief materials to give at our discretion, and DANA Group supports us with medication to give to the poor; but that’s not enough to accomplish all the programs we have to do.Individuals do make financial and clothing donations but we need much more as these programs are capital intensive. We need more corporate sponsors along with more individuals to financially support our programs because their donations go to those we set out to help.We Nigerians have to learn to be more pro-active in financially supporting genuine non-profit organizations not to sit around and send us emails praising us!
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