Chris Steven, Abuja
The wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians not to relent on their support for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as government cannot cater for them without inputs from Nigerians.
Hajiya Aisha who made the plea in Abuja at the 8th Annual Women’s’ Forum of the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society of Nigeria (AISN) also called for intensive awareness campaign against breast cancer.
The forum had two themes: “Removing the Vulnerable Ones from the Streets, Especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)” and “Cancer: A Raging Pandemic”.
“The government alone cannot cater for the IDPs. All Nigerians must be involved and it goes beyond occasional donation of money and gift items, we should include them in our prayers and see that their plights are alleviated completely. Caring for the orphans and the venerable are religious duties,” Aisha Buhari represented by a former President of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) Hajiya Maryam Salihu Ibrahim.
On the raging breast cancer among Nigerian women, the wife of the President urged women to mind what they eat, do regular exercises and medical check-ups to stay healthy.
The Director of the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society of Nigeria Ustaz Fuad Adeyemi urged Nigerians to be patience with the present administration and to also contribute to tackling the societal challenges rather than leaving the efforts solely for the government.
While saying that many Muslims erroneously thought that women don’t pay zakat (Islam third Pillar), Adeyemi said that that women whose wealth reached the zakat ratio must pay including from gold and other designated jewelries that they used.
Dr. Hadiza Usman of the MEDICAID Cancer Foundation Abuja said that early detection of breast cancer generally improves the success rates of treatment and the outcome of survival.
She said: “There is a limit to which one can prevent diseases like breast cancer, because some risk factors are not modifiable like increasing age. However paying attention to others like healthy diet and making few lifestyle changes may reduce one’s overall chances of getting cancer.”