When the 57-member nations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), of which Nigeria is a member since 1986, met in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sunday, December 19, 2021, for a special meeting on Afghanistan, they all made a unanimous decision to set up a trust fund under the aegis of the Islamic Development Bank to help support Afghanistan, as soon as the first quarter of 2022.
This strong commitment is meant to avert what the Organisation described as imminent economic collapse. due largely to the hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen Afghan assets and the billions of dollars in aid that has been frozen by the international community as well.
The expected donated funds, is strategically meant to be used to avert the emerging deepening economic and political crisis in Afghanistan , threatening to bring about mass hunger, flood of refugees and a rise in fundamental extremism all across Central Asia and beyond.
As the nation enters deeply into a bitter winter, with a teetering economy, average Afghans are hard hit, whereby many families are not having cash for everyday purchases like food,fuel and other basic necessities. There is presently excruciating rise in prices of food stuffs, while the cost of fuel is up to about 40%.
It is all gloom and doom all over Afghanistan.
With this donation of $1 million by the Federal Government of Nigeria to Afghanistan, Nigeria undoubtedly becomes the earliest respondent to the OIC’s resolution to make humanitarian donation to Afghanistan, from its member nations.