Buhari orders immediate release of N5 bn to bomb victims

Onyebuchi Chigozie and other victims of the Nyanya bomb blast recieving treatment at the Nyanya general hospital
Onyebuchi Chigozie and other victims of the Nyanya bomb blast recieving treatment at the Nyanya general hospital

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Head of Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, to facilitate the immediate release of the N5 billion pledged by the Federal Government since August 2014 for the Victims Support Fund (VSF), the presidency announced Friday.

The fund was created to support victims of bomb attacks.

President Buhari gave the directive after receiving a briefing from the VSF Presidential Committee headed by former defence minister, Theophilus Danjuma, at the Presidential Villa.

Mr. Danjuma told the president that out of the N55.92 billion pledged at the fund-raising dinner for the fund in August last year, N33.54 billion  was still outstanding, including N5 Billion from the Federal Government.

He said the VSF currently has N23.33 billion in four bank accounts.

Mr. Danjuma urged the president to use his office to persuade all organizations and individuals to honour their pledges to the Committee.   

The directive came two days after PREMIUM TIMES reported how the funds had not been deployed to provide needed help to victims, nearly a year after.

The committee had also told PREMIUM TIMES how several wealthy Nigerians who made pledges failed to redeem them, and how former President Jonathan directed that the funds should not be released for operations already handled by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

Mr. Danjuma told President Buhari that the former president gave approval for the funds to be incorporated into a Trust Fund, to “insulate it from political interference”.

President Buhari urged the Committee to ensure proper coordination with other government agencies providing support and assistance to victims of terrorism.

The president assured Mr. Danjuma and members of the VSF Committee that his administration was taking proactive steps to defeat terrorism in the country.

He said that despite the challenge of acquiring much needed strategic equipment and weapons to confront the terrorists, the Nigerian military has recently gained much ground in its effort to defeat and degrade Boko Haram.

He added that the full deployment of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), under the auspices of member-states of Lake Chad Basin Commission, will further boost ongoing military operations against the insurgents.


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  • MARCUS GARVEY

    It really makes me feel sad—to see what late Dr. Nkrumah of Ghana described as African Mentality—BEING DISPLAYED BY OUR REGIONAL LEADERS——-Time for us to discard th notion that that —anything given birth from the mind of the average African is bad–Except SUCH comes from the brain of the average white man or woman—-Tied to this vision is the untiring efforts being made daily by Buhari to demonize attempts made by former President Jonathan– to improve the welfare of the victims of Fulani boko haram bombings in the North—-The idea to assist the victims of this Fulani war was initiated by Jonathan and not Buhari———President Jonathan did the right thing by directing that the funds should not be released for operations already handled by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.—How could such money b used for activities that Government had already expended money on for victims of the Fulani boko haram-war IN THE NORTH? If jonathan had released funds soon after–the same APC janjaweeds in Danjuma–would have said–Jonathan was doing it for political reasons———–That is why we support fully the order by Jonathan for the funds to be incorporated into a Trust Fund, to “insulate it from political interference” as the best–plan—–Buhari should not therefore act as if he was the brain behind the project—–the victims of the war were all there before he took a loan of 2.1b to re-build the south east————while the oil polluted zone that produces the–wealth of the Nation in the SS-REMAINs WITH her polluted rivers and land—-over 60 years after oil was discovered in d SS——–DANJUMA SHOULD ALWAYS GUIDE HIMSEELF WITH THE FACT THAT——HE MADE HIS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE OIL WELLS IN THE SS——-AND NOT FROM THE COTTON FIELDS–OR GROUND PYRAMIDS

    • Bash

      Looser end of opinion! ur step father pledge 5Bn naira but refused to remit it can u do something pls dan making noise

      • Shut d f#%k up shit head.

        • Okon Ubong

          Sometimes, people get abusive when they have no point to counter a solid argument or have not got a brain. Otherwise, how do you defend a serial perjurer, whose northernization/islamization agenda is in full swing. How do you defend a tyrant “ordering the immediate release of 5 billion naira” without a cabinet to consider it?

      • burning spear

        How much has buhari raised since his election for the victims of the boko haram war—-in the Fulani North—-?—-Instead he went to the world bank to borrrow money—-2.1b dollars—to repair an area in the North that is still under war—Dont u see most APC states taking loans from the banks?—-That is the latest way to steal——————–See why Buhari just wants to steal the 2.1b the same way he stole my 2.8b oil wind fall ? How did he arrive at the figure of 5b?–Does he know the number of the victims afffected? Aware the WB hardly ever monitors loans given to african Nations–if that loan makes sense to your regional worm infested wahala head then anything—can be planted into it————————-u wait until after the war—carry out a feasibility studies to know how much the war zone will require—-not cut and nail buhari——–Most of the areas being bombed are market places———-Acting just like—-his fraudulent wife—–involved in money laundering activities for years with atiku–5b let Buhari pay the money—–Is that the trouble of Jonathan again? One can understand from this story that most of the news items on PT are sponsored by aso rock——-given the ownership of PT by elrufai ati buhari among others–like tinubu

    • NwaMba5

      Your making no sense …Dr. Jonathan has all it takes to make some good changes but fail and is totally idiotic to bring Dr. Jonathan to MB ‘s time..spare us your hate ideology and join hands with our new focus leader.

      • Marcus Garvey

        WHY WOULD i MAKE SENSE TO YR JANJAWEED APC HEAD—–?————-THE MAN Jonathan HAD A VISION–AT LEAST HE WAS ABLE TO RAISE OVER 23B—FOR THE FULANI BOKO HARAM WAR VICTIMS—And then Buhari appears from no where to request that 5b should be handed over to the victims—as if he was the one who initiated the idea–Why has Buhari not launched single idea since he became the president for the Niger delta people? Jonathan built schools for Alamajiris—-launched this very project—-all Buhari HAS DONE was to go and mortgage the future of Nigeria to the world bank-BY BORROWING OVER 2B—Is that the type of person that u can compare to Jonathan——-danjumah is a 419ner–we know–he hates Jonathan like hell——in spite of the fact that he made his money from the oil wells in the SS–

        • Olusola

          can shush please, your mouth smells!

          • marcus garvey

            The person whose mouth stinks like hell is tinubu————————–the leader of APC—–tHAT WAS WHY bUHARI WAS ABLE TTO DECEIVE THE FRAUSTER FEMI GBAJA—-to enable him create more confusion in the house-

          • okenwa

            I can really see now that buhari purposely sent them to icc so as to acomplish his plans at nass and gbaja is here jumping up in victory of his loses.

      • okenwa

        If jonathan raised all those money, what will buhari do with $2.1 he borrowd for the same north east. Buhari is covering up something and it looked as if he is beyond time to be exposed. All these he is doing now was not part of his election campaign.

  • IskaCountryman

    danjuma has promised to match the fgns amount as counterpart funding…

  • UOU

    Yet, Buhari met nearly empty treasury????????? Deceit, hypocrisy and treachery born to rule

    • Saydo Shan

      Pls read the story carefully.

      • UOU

        I did before I made my comments, where else do you want me to look at or did Buhari not insinuate(politically) that he met nearly empty treasury?thank you

    • Otile

      Buhari is the guru of deception.

  • Duncee De Clueless

    I hope Duncee has a measure of what N5b is worth? Governance is much more than doling out cash by executive fiat to show you have powers. We know his limitations in terms of education & civility, and we sympathize with him. However, we expect his advisers to direct him. My oil money is not infinite. So as you are spending, think of replenishing it. Governance is business. That’s how the G7 deals with the rest of the world. If the educated african leaders can’t understand this, then it is futile to expect the illiterate too do much. But Nigerians believe in miracles and we are watching.

  • Otile

    Buhari has just stepped in to squander the wealth of SE SS on his fellow Islamic terrorists. By the time he leaves office nothing will be achieved, it will be doling out billions here billions there to undeserving parasites. Let the Yoruba butt_lickers butt in now to defend their master.

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    @ Premium times: check your grammar! ‘Redeem’ generally denotes something inward bound and Pledge is generally outward bound. The people that pledge certain amounts of money for whatever reason cam mot fail to redeem their pledge.
    One can honor a pledge, but redeeming a pledge is so grammatically wrong that it hurts to even think about it (Thank you Mr. S. O Kazeem)

  • excel

    A working government, slow, steady and accurate… pdpig wailing wailer any objection?

  • Otile

    Look at that fat Moslem man resting in hospital bed, no wound, no sign of shrapnel on him. Are these the kind of victims Buhari is going to share the 5 billions with? What a way of squandering our money!

    • anwari

      Did you read the picturrs caption at all? His name is onyebuchi.

      • Otile

        But I am talking about that fat Moslem man on the hospital bed hiding his face, don’t you see him?

  • tycoon

    Buhari’s unwillingness to make asset declaration public having spent 2 months in office is a proof of his intension to loot the treasury.If its not an empty treasury,it will be dwindling economy and economic melt down thats all we hear since May 29th yet Buhari keeps ordering for the release of billions to nobody.

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  • burninng spear

    How much has buhari raised since his election for the victims of the boko haram war—-in the Fulani North—-?—-Instead he went to the world bank to borrrow money—-2.1b dollars—to repair an area in the North that is still under war—Without consulting with the House——Dont u see most APC states taking loans from the banks?—-That is the latest way to steal—–my oil revenue—————See why Buhari just wants to thief the 2.1b the same way he stole my 2.8b oil wind fall–over 30 yrs ago ? How did he arrive at the figure of 5b?–Does he know the number of the victims afffected by his boko haram bombings? Aware the WB hardly ever monitors loans given to african Nations–if that loan makes sense to your regional worm infested wahala head then anything—can be planted into it————————-u wait until after the war—carry out a feasibility studies to know how much the war zone will require—-not cut and nail buhari——–Most of the areas being bombed are market places———-Acting just like—-his fraudulent wife—–involved in money laundering activities for years with atiku–5b let Buhari pay the money—–Is that the trouble of Jonathan again? One can understand from this story that most of the news items on PT are sponsored by aso rock——-given the ownership of PT by elrufai ati buhari among others–like tinubu–what a shame

  • Emmanuel Maduagwu

    It is heart warming to note that this is funds were organised and put in reserve by GEJ. Thank God there is no accusation of ‘An Empty Treasury’ in this case, and because our most excellent Theophilus was there to give protection.Thank you Theuo.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    This is a good development courtesy of the previous administration. At least it is a change from what took place after the Biafra war when properties were confiscated,bank accounts confiscated and £20 issued to all account holders irrespective of the amount contained in the account,the whole region neglected with the least allocation for the next 40 years despite the near total destruction……..And we were left rebuild on our own but we did it thanks be to our hard working folks.