Opinion

Distraught Woman Gets Succour from Govt, Individuals

…Thanks Fides, Others

Sequel to a viral video of Madam Maria Nwaobachili, an elderly woman who complained of the devastating effect of the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, which was first published on the Facebook page of Fides Media, the Anambra State Government, through its Ministry of Women’s Affairs, as well as individuals, have come to her rescue, Mercy Hill, Alexander Johnson Adejoh, and Precious Ukeje report.

This was confirmed in an interview by Fides with Madam Nwaobachili who noted that she got a phone call from the Commissioner, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, last Wednesday, who invited her to the ministry’s office. She said she was given some food items and cash.

She further noted that she had received calls from several individuals who promised to render help to her, even as she confirmed that she had received donations from public spirited individuals from several quarters, including someone who visited her from Imo State.

One Facebook user, Tobenna Obiano, had on Tuesday, May 19, at 7:20 am, taken to his Facebook timeline to repost the video clip by Fides, alongside Mama’s account details with the title, ‘This made me cry’. This drew the attention of many people too.

Later that evening, Mr. Obiano, who noted that one Dr. Kendochukwu Cyprian called his attention to the video, replied comments on his post, claiming that he had drawn the attention of the Anambra State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, pleading with her to reach out to Madam Nwaobachili.

He also thanked people, who he noted, had contributed to the cause, as well as Fides Media for bringing to the public awareness the cause of Madam Nwaobachili.

Sequel to a viral video of Madam Maria Nwaobachili, an elderly woman who complained of the devastating effect of the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, which was first published on the Facebook page of Fides Media, the Anambra State Government, through its Ministry of Women’s Affairs, as well as individuals, have come to her rescue, Mercy Hill, Alexander Johnson Adejoh, and Precious Ukeje report.

This was confirmed in an interview by Fides with Madam Nwaobachili who noted that she got a phone call from the Commissioner, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, last Wednesday, who invited her to the ministry’s office. She said she was given some food items and cash.

She further noted that she had received calls from several individuals who promised to render help to her, even as she confirmed that she had received donations from public spirited individuals from several quarters, including someone who visited her from Imo State.

One Facebook user, Tobenna Obiano, had on Tuesday, May 19, at 7:20 am, taken to his Facebook timeline to repost the video clip by Fides, alongside Mama’s account details with the title, ‘This made me cry’. This drew the attention of many people too.

Later that evening, Mr. Obiano, who noted that one Dr. Kendochukwu Cyprian called his attention to the video, replied comments on his post, claiming that he had drawn the attention of the Anambra State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, pleading with her to reach out to Madam Nwaobachili.

He also thanked people, who he noted, had contributed to the cause, as well as Fides Media for bringing to the public awareness the cause of Madam Nwaobachili.
‘This is love at its best,’ he wrote.

It will be recalled that the internet was agog, Wednesday, May 13, with the video of Madam Nwaobachili, and attracted the attention of people from across continents, including the National Catholic Reporter, United States of America.

Consequently, Fides, which had been on a mission to uncover the immediate effects of the lock down occasioned by coronavirus on citizens, reported on Thursday, May 14, via a Facebook post, that she was overjoyed when Fides visited her to deliver some items donated to her by an individual through Fides.

Mama who had been reported to lament over being abandoned during the lockdown, expressed appreciation to everyone who had made donations of food items and cash to her and beseeched God to bless them abundantly. She also thanked Fides for what she described as their wonderful job.

Regretting that items donated by people in the diaspora during the period of comprehensive lockdown were only packaged in insignificant quantities and distributed, Nwaobachili further pleaded with the government to always evenly distribute palliative items directly to indigent citizens, rather than through middlemen whom she accused of hoarding such items. She added that she did not receive any share of those items.

Meanwhile, calls and messages put across to the Commissioner of Women’s Affairs as at the time of filing this report were not picked, neither were they returned nor replied.

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