The United Nations High Commission for Refugees in partnership with singer Innocent Idibia, also known as 2Face and Itu Baba, on Tuesday inaugurated awareness campaign to garner support for victims of violence.
The UNHCR and the singer and songwriter are focusing their campaign to those who were affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East region.
Idibia said this at a musical concert organised by the Nigerian Army at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno State on Tuesday.
He said he decided to partner with UNHCR because he was deeply touched by the condition of the Internally Displaced Persons.
He said: “I visited some of the IDP camps.
“Their condition is heart-breaking and saddening.
“At the same time; I see hope in their eyes and eagerness to return to homes.
“And that hope could not have been there without the effort of the army.”
Idibia also commended the Nigerian Army’s efforts towards ending the insurgency and protection of lives and property in the country.
The singer commended the Army for ensuring peace in the country.
He said: “Words alone cannot not express how wonderful you have been doing toward ensuring the return of peace in the country.
“You are doing a wonderful work, putting your life on the line to defend and protect our country.”
Idibia promised to extend the campaign to other parts of the country, with a view to drumming support for IDPs and the counter-insurgency campaign.
Also speaking, Cesar Tshilombo, the Head of the UNCHR, Sub-Office in Maiduguri, said that the organisation would collaborate with 2Face to raise awareness on its operations in the region.
Tshilombo said: “Having 2Face here will make the visibility of UNHCR operations. It is to let the people know that they not being neglected.
“Today we are in Ngala, visited some of the camps and interacted with some of the displaced children. I think having 2Face around is a good partnership.
“We are specifically working on things that could create good impact on the lives of the people.”