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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Kaduna Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Sunday Oibe has said that the organization does not understand the language of politics, religion, ethnicity and class, but that the only language it understand is humanity.
He stated this during a courtesy call on the Nigerian Union of Journalist, (NUJ), Kaduna State Council on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
According to him, the Red Cross Society is one among other organizations that is different in it operations; adding that it does not matter where one comes from, his social standing in the society, the faith he proclaim, political affiliation; but when disaster occur which does not respect human beings, the Red Cross steps in.
He said that looking at what the media stands for and it activities, and what the Red Cross is doing shows that both organisations ought to be the closest; saying basically Red Cross is about providing humanitarian services to human beings.
In view of this, the Kaduna branch Red Cross boss said if there is any time both organizations needed to build bridges is now, particularly that the country is already moving towards another election year.
“The kind of signs that we are seeing, some are good while others are giving us trouble, so if we do not build synergy for people to know what the Red Cross and the media are doing, it will not help Nigeria.
“You will agree with me that any time there is crisis anywhere, spread of epidemic and natural disasters like flood among others, the first human being that visits the scene is the Red Cross, and this is because what is paramount to the organization is how to cushion effects of pains, hassles, psychosocial troubles that human beings undergoes.
“That is why both organizations should build a collaborative efforts that will translate to joy and happiness for humanity,” he said.
In his remarks, the NUJ Chairman Kaduna Council, Comrade Adamu Yusuf, commended Red Cross for its giant effort which is obvious especially in Kaduna state.
He assured the Team of NUJ’s ever readiness to partner Red Cross for the development of Kaduna state, the nation and humanity in general.
Comrade Yusuf appealed to Red Cross to ensure that there are active members in all the states particularly those states that are prone to crises.