Leadership (Abuja)

19 August 2012

Nigeria: Red Cross Society Urges Locals to Be Humanitarian in Their Dealings

The Branch Secretary, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Lagos, Mrs Ijeoma Nweke, has called on Nigerians to be their brother's keeper and assist the less privileged people within their community.

Nweke spoke on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), to mark this year's World Humanitarian Day.

She explained that humanitarian activities depended on the choice of individuals or communities.

"I would not really say that Nigerians are not humanitarian enough in their dealings; it is difficult to rate because it all depends on the individual," she said.

Nweke said that humanitarian services was the major responsibility of the society and that this should be imbibed by individuals, corporate bodies and groups within a community.

The secretary called on individuals and corporate organisations to reach out to the less privileged, the needy and the vulnerable ones in the society, through their corporate social responsibility activities.

"I implore Nigerians to be their brother's keeper, help one another, especially the less privileged within their communities, including the women and children.

"It is someone today, it might be you or somebody close to you that would be in need tomorrow. Therefore, we need one another to survive and co-exist peacefully, "Nweke said.

NAN reports that the World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on Aug.19 annually.

It is to recognise those who face danger and adversity and those who have lost their lives while helping others.

NAN also recalls that the United Nations and humanitarian aid organisations, on Aug. 2, launched the global campaign entitled "I was here" to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others.

(NAN)

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