Aisha, President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, on Saturday said she was on a week-long visit to the United States of America to hold discussions with aid organizations on how to help the women and children facing starvation in the north eastern part of Nigeria.
Mrs. Buhari spoke in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, VOA.
“Our children in the various camps are in dire situation and the government alone cannot do it, we have to get help,” she said.
Mrs. Buhari said already, she had met with organisations known for promoting peace and provision of aids to displaced children.
Mrs. Buhari said she met with officials of the United States Institute for peace on Friday and assured them that unlike what obtained in the past, any aid rendered to displaced persons would go to those who needed them.
She also said she told the officials that what was needed now was not even cash because statistics had shown that children between the ages of five months and seven years were dying in large number due to hunger-related diseases.
She said the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF) had been providing aid packages containing nut-related supplements, which, she said, are produced in large quantities by Nigerian farmers.
Mrs. Buhari said she told the officials that there was need to set up a plant in Nigeria that could produce the package.