Popular hip-pop icon, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2face, has said he donated the sum of N3.5m to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), because he wanted to “put smiles” on their faces.
2face made the donation through United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Lagos.
Speaking during the presentation of the cheque in Lagos, the music star said that he was particularly touched when he visited IDPs camps in the North-East.
He said, “The conditions I met the internally displaced persons, when I visited their various camps were terrible. They were really terrible.
“The 2Face Foundation has, therefore, decided to enter into partnership with the UNHCR to see how we can help put smiles on the faces of these persons. My foundation is today presenting this cheque to the UNHCR to support it in its operations of alleviating the sufferings of these IDPs,” he added.
Commending the music star for the gesture, UNHCR’s Acting Country Representative to Nigeria, Ms Brigitte Mukango-Eno, called for more of such supports to enable her agency touch lives in the North East.
Represented by UNHCR’s External and Donor Relations Officer, Hanson Tamfu, Mukango-Eno, said “We sincerely want to express the gratitude of the UNHCR to 2Face. This is a right step toward our private sector following.
“Over these years, it has become important for us, as an organisation, to depend on the private sector, for us to be able to meet our responsibilities. 2Face has scored a very important goal by discovering the UNHCR Office within the UN system.
“We want to use this opportunity to appeal to other private Nigerians and philanthropists to emulate this gesture by the 2Face Foundation in alleviating the conditions of the IDPs in the North East.”