Elections close by, Nigeria releases N3bn for victims of 2011 post-election violence

The Nigerian government said Saturday a N3 billion compensation for victims of the 2011 post-election violence, has been released and will soon be disbursed to beneficiaries in Kaduna State, four years after the attack that claimed hundreds of lives.

With elections around the corner, Vice President Namadi Sambo said the money is now ready.

Mr. Sambo made the disclosure at the 40th anniversary of Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, on the throne held at the Emir’s palace, Zaria, Kaduna State.

Mr. Sambo, who was represented by Governor Muktar Yero of Kaduna State, said the money was already in the coffers of the state government and would be disbursed to the affected victims accordingly.

He stressed the need for people to live in peace with one another to enable government at all levels to provide the dividend of democracy to the electorate.

While congratulating the Emir for attaining 40 years on the throne, Sambo attributed the success recorded by the Emirate to patience, fairness, justice and truthfulness.

In his speech, Mr. Yero advised all candidates and electorate not to see the forthcoming election as a do-or-die affair.

Mr. Yero assured that the 2015 budget in the state was meant to complete all ongoing projects, adding that no project would be abandoned in the state.

According to him, his administration would pay more attention to construction of feeder roads to facilitate easy transportation of farm produce to various markets across the state.

Former military leader, Yakubu Gowon, who chairman of the occasion, lauded the Emir for supporting government’s policies and programmes in addition to promoting the nation’s cultural heritage.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, and Royal Father of the Day called on 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,” Sultan said.

Responding, the Emir of Zazzau appreciated God Almighty for sparing his live to witness what he described as a memorable and 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 admonished Nigerians to embrace one another and always preach peace to pave way for sustainable growth and development.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the occasion featured a colourful durbar by District Heads and other traditional tittle holders.



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  • amazing2012

    Technically is just to get poor people votes. Before the money get to the victims the election is over then the money will go back to PDP. What a deception !

    • Ette

      You are very right. The victims just protested and all of a sudden the money is available. What a magic. Pure deception as there is no money or that the money had been released since 2012/2013 but was stolen and now that the people protested, the thief (Sambo or Yero) is got napping and is returning the money. Wicked people in wicked party PDP. Can’t wait for the needed change come next month.

  • Omeza

    I do not know why this country is full of lairs. This is the money promised to be given to the election victims since 211. It’s only now that the PDP needs the victims votes that JO-Nothing wants to release the funds. Nobody should vote this clueless, ogogoro, fake phd holder, talk without reasoning man.

  • sammyctu ode

    This is what most Nigerians are saying about jonathan and his pdp party. It’s a government and party that are so insensitive to the plight of Nigerians. These people have been suffering for four years without any compensation but just because elections are coming, they decided to release the money they voted for this purpose since 2011.My fellow Nigerians in Kaduna, get the money but do not thank them nor vote for jonathan and pdp because they are not sincere. Assuming the next general election is coming up in 2018, they will not release the money until then. Some people might think this is power of incumbency but it is not, what it is are: Insensitivity, politics as usual in a bad way by pdp and lack of respect/dignity for the affected people and Nigerians in general.

    • mk

      This is not about 2011 riot compensation no body Wii see kobo…Namadi Sambo has paid himself upfront for services he rendered to PDP.He will go after the money wait and see..no body will ever hear the money issue again..His commissioner yero knows wat to do on his behalf.

      • King Carlos

        That could be true o

  • adesina

    This medicine after death. Why waited up to this period of elections. Hope PDP and GEJ did go and borrow this money oooo. As at today Nigeria debt profile is $70Billion, information from DMO, Abuja. Please nobody should put GMBs government in danger oooo bcos come May 2015 GMB will sworn in as Nigeria president…

  • Tatafo

    Dear PT, Which is the evil? The instigator of the election violence or the one who grants aid just before another election?

  • Guguru

    Jonathan: putting his deception skills at work. Once a liar, always a liar.

  • Olu Ade

    With Corruption still the elephant in the room, the money is going into private pockets.

  • Yusuf

    Chai! is this a birthday gift to the amir or campaign of-front

  • Angel Luci

    sha There is God o…….., why must they wait till 2015………

  • Sword of Damocles

    My first task was to convert to $’s so I could appreciate the sheer brazeness of the heist. shiooor!. In the cesspit of corruption that is the Nigerian government we see today, $15.5M is nothing but “toothpick” for these “Looter-Betrayers” politicians to use to pick their teeth, after they have partaken of the more sumptuous Main Entre, otherwise known as NNPC’s unremitted oil revenue of $20B. The day of reckoning nears