The first lady, Aisha Buhari, has donated 350 bales of second-hand clothes, known in local parlance as gwanjo or okrika, to less-privileged persons in some Northern states.
Although it is not clear whether the first lady imported the clothes, there is ban on importation and selling of second-hand clothes in the country.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the bales were distributed through the first lady’s foundation, Future Assured, to other Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs, in Kano, Katsina, Adamawa, Zamfara and Kaduna states.
It was also gathered that the NGOs in turn distributed the items to the less-privileged.
An official of one of the NGOs in Kano, Sani Lawan, told DAILY NIGERIAN that the state had received the largest share of the goods, while small quantity had been distributed to Katsina, Kaduna, Adamawa and Zamfara states.
According him, each of the select NGOs had received four bales, adding that most of the bales contain winter wears for children to protect them against the cold weather.
Apart from NGOs, Mr Lawan also said the goods were also distributed to some orphanages and psychiatric hospitals in Kano.
“Apart from NGOs, some orphanages and psychiatric hospitals benefitted. Each NGO had received 4 bales and there are some small quantities to be sent to Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Adamawa.
“As I am talking to you, the clothes are being distributed within the Kano city, but we will send a small amount to some villages in the state.
“Due to this cold weather, the First Lady deem it fit to help the vulnerable people, who might not have the money to buy harmattan wears. To me, it is a good initiative,” said the official.
When contacted, the spokesman of the First Lady, Aliyu Abdullahi, said he was not aware of the donation by his principal.
He however said some politicians also organize empowerment programmes in the name of the first lady without even her knowledge.(Daily Nigerian)