The Federal Government on Saturday, said it had released N3 billion for disbursement to victims of the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna state.
Vice President, Namadi Sambo disclosed this at the 40th anniversary of Alhaji Shehu Idris as Emir of Zazzau, held at his palace in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The VP was represented by Kaduna State Governor, Muktar Yero. According to him, the money which was already in the coffers of the state government would be disbursed to the affected victims accordingly.
He however stressed the importance of living together in peace, saying it makes it easier for government at all levels to provide the dividend of democracy to the electorate.
Yero, who spoke on behalf of Sambo, congratulated the Emir for attaining 40 years on the throne. He attributed the success recorded by the Emirate to patience, fairness, justice and truthfulness.
Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), former Head of State and Chairman of the occasion lauded the Emir for supporting government’s policies and programmes in addition to promoting the nation’s cultural heritage.
Also speaking, Royal Father of the Day, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar appealed to traditional rulers to be mindful of the responsibilities vested on them by God to lead their subjects well.
“We must work for the people, we must ensure that our people live a life worthy of living and we must fear God Almighty in all we do.
“We must endeavour to speak the truth and not allow what happened in 2011 to happen again.
“Remember, Islam hinges on peace, justice, equity and fairness to all, therefore, as Emirs we must promote such attitudes. There can never be peace without justice, equity and fairness,” the Sultan said.
An elated Emir of Zazzau, expressed appreciation to God Almighty for sparing his live to witness the historic occasion. The Emir thanked all the past Governors of Kaduna State for their support and cooperation toward the development of the emirate in particular and the state at large.
He also admonished Nigerians to live in peace with one another and always preach peace to pave way for sustainable growth and development.