Friday, June 16, 2017

UPDATED Nigeria Apologizes For Selling Saudi Dates Meant For IDPs

Dates are traditionally used to break the Ramadan fast. AFP
Nigeria has apologized to Saudi Arabia after 200 tonnes of dates that were a Ramadan gift were found on sale in local markets.
BBC News report continues:
Dates are traditionally the first things Muslims eat when they break the Ramadan fast each evening.
The dates were intended for some of those who have fled their homes because of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.
Nigeria's foreign ministry said an investigation was under way. However, no arrests have yet been made.
The apology was made by the Nigerian foreign ministry, which stressed it had no responsibility for the dates after they had been distributed in the north-east of the country, which has been worst hit by Boko Haram attacks.
Nigeria To Investigate How Date Fruits From Saudi Found Way Into Markets
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government is to investigate how some of the 200 tonnes of date fruits donated by the Kingdom of Saudi to Nigerian Muslims found their way into the markets.
The Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Khadijat Abba-Ibrahim, in a statement apologised for the “unfortunate turn of events”.
“This is not the spirit in which the 200 tonnes of dates was given,” she said.
The minister expressed “disappointment” for the “unfortunate turn of events” and said the matter was being investigated to avoid a repeat in the future.
She explained that the fruits were distributed from a warehouse belonging to Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the presence of the Charge d’Affairs, Yahya Mughram.
She explained that the Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Person drew up the list of recipients which included IDPs camps as well as prominent Mosques.
“It is important to note that once the dates were delivered to their final destinations the ministry of foreign affairs became devoid of any subsequent responsibility.
“It is therefore disappointing to learn that some of the consignment is being sold for profit
 “The Ministry apologizes unreservedly to the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this unfortunate turn of events.
“We assure all that the situation is being investigated to avoid a repeat in the future,” she said.

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