Speech By Founder/President Of Women Advancement For Economic And Leadership Empowerment In Africa WAELE/ARCELFA Otunba Dr Basirat Nahibi – Niasse, On A Condolence Visit To Plateau State On Friday 9th Of July, 2004

Your Excellency the sole administrator of Plateau state, members of Plateau State executive here presents, members of the press, good afternoon.

We are here to commiserate with you over the ugly incident that led to the death of many citizens of the state.

The circumstances that led to the death and destruction of properties in Plateau are avoidable circumstances. We are not here to apportion blame but to condole and sympathize with our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters over this ugly incident.

In a crisis like this we all know that the most hit are the women and children. That is the reason we are here to give a helping hand to our fellow women.

It is our tradition to show concern in situations like this, to commiserate and sympathize with displaced people and those who are bereaved. In other to render material assistance that we believe cannot replace the loss of their loved ones, but will reduce the suffering of the affected people.

On August 19th 2002, I personally paid a visit to commiserate with the people of Plateau state on the same unfortunate incident.

However, am here today as Founder of Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment in Africa WAELE/ARCELFA on a similar condolence visit, which we believe will be the last in Plateau state.

WAELE/ARCELFA will always rise up to the needs of African women; we shall continue to work toward the advancement and welfare of African women.

We therefore plead with the people of Plateau state to live in peace and promote the virtues of living together in peaceful coexistence and harmony.

We also most humbly present the under-listed as our token contribution to the people who are affected by the incident.

200 Blankets, 200 Mats, 200 Buckets, 200 Bowls, 200 Bags of Salt, 200 Bags Rice, 10 Cartoons of Canoe Soap.

Thank you and God bless.

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