Innocent Idibia, Nigerian musician popularly known as 2baba, has donated N3.5 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Nigeria, to support humanitarian interventions.
The commission made this known in a statement issued by Hanson Tamfu, external relations officer, UNHCR, Nigeria, on Monday in Abuja.
He said the donation from the 2face Foundation was to support the commission in providing life-saving support to families forcibly displaced in Nigeria and across the continent.
Tamfu said that 2baba expressed joy and commitment to helping the victims of insurgency who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the unrest in the North-East.
He said the musician also pledged his continuous support to UNHCR in its humanitarian assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other persons.
The officer quoted 2baba as saying, “I am proud to support the UN Refugee Agency because of its proven track record of being at the fore front of displacement emergencies.
“I want to help people who have been forced to flee their homes because of different issues.
“I care about them and this donation is one of such efforts because we plan to have a major charity concert in June to raise money whilst offering my music and talents to the world for donations towards this noble cause.
“I am confident in UNHCR because it knows how to make a difference in the lives of millions of women, children and men who have lost everything but hope.”
Tamfu said that UNHCR is almost entirely supported by donations from governments, who contribute 89 per cent of its annual funding needs.
He disclosed that UNHCR and its partners require $2.45 billion to provide critical life-saving assistance to the displaced families in Africa.
He said that funds were required to meet the enormous needs of displaced persons with the number of the world’s displacement at more than 63.9 million.