Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has expressed profound happiness over what he called the ‘outstanding humanitarian efforts of Bishop of Yola diocese, Rev Dr Stephen Dami Mamza.
In a statement signed by his press secretary and made available to this medium on Monday, the governor showered the clergy with the encomiums during the hand over of houses to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Sangere Marghi, in Girei local government on Monday.
The houses meant for the 86 families that have been taking refuge at the St Theresa’s Catholic church since 2014 when Boko Haram annexed most of the local governments of Adamawa north were build by the Bishop in conjunction with Missio Germany.
The governor while appreciating the housing project which is equipped with state of the art facilities, schools and places of worship for Muslims and Christians expressed optimism that the gesture will serve as a model of inter religious harmony in Nigeria.
” We are gathered to celebrate one of the outstanding humanitarian efforts in the history of our care and support as a nation.
” We are happy to be part of this effort to resettle our brothers and sisters that were displaced by insurgency since 2014 who had been living under the support and care of the Catholic Diocese of Yola led by Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Dami Mamza.
” We are aware that the Catholic Church teaches that assisting the needy is a fundamental duty derived directly from the works and the life of Jesus, who himself was a migrant and part of a refugee family when displaced to Egypt.
” The need to assist displaced persons in the process of return to their homes or resettlement involves building and construction of needed infrastructure which necessarily includes worship centres, schools and above all houses.
” We thank the Catholic Diocese of Yola and its partners like Missio Aachen and others for successfully building the needed infrastructure in this new housing estate for the resettlement of IDPs.
” May this project be a strong launch pad and model for peace building and religious harmony in this community and the country at large where Christians and Muslims live together and care for each other,” Fintiri said.