A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has donated N10m to victims of the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna State.
Tinubu, who addressed victims of the post-election crisis in Kaduna on Monday, said the country was currently being confronted with challenges, which only patriotic men and women could solve.
The beneficiaries of his gesture were mostly widows.
Saying poverty had no religion or tribal marks, the former Lagos State Governor explained that the money was his personal contribution to alleviate the hardships of the victims, adding that it had nothing to do with APC’s account.
Tinubu appealed to the affected persons, who were drawn from Christian and Muslim communities, to remain prayerful to God, and avoid any form of violence before, during and after the elections.
He said, “I am making a personal donation of N10 million to Kaduna crisis victims. It is not from APC account; it is from me to you so that it can cushion your suffering”.
He also urged the victims to ensure they obtained their Permanent Voter Card and use their vote to sack the Peoples Democratic Party government at the centre.
Tinubu said, “Please, vote for APC. Let’s strike a deal. Are you ready to vote for APC, and not to vote PDP? Please, say yes if you agree to vote for APC during the elections.
“Just make sure you go and to obtain voter cards and vote out the PDP in 2015. Poverty knows no religion. Suffering wears no tribal marks.
“The only way we can free ourselves is to send the government of Goodluck Jonathan away come February 2015”.
Meanwhile, the Vice Presidential candidate of APC, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, gave out hundreds of bags of rice and other food items to the victims.
At the event, which held in Kaduna shortly after the APC presidential campaign rally on Monday, was titled, ‘Professor Yemi Osinbajo, APC Vice Presidential candidate celebrates the dignity of life with victims of Kaduna State crises’.
Osinbajo prayed that the state would never witness such wanton destruction of lives and property again.