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Kaduna train attack: NGF donates N50m to victims

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Kaduna train attack: NGF donates N50m to victims

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has donated a sum of N50 million to the Kaduna State Government to support victims of the Abuja – Kaduna train attack.

A statement by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Head, NGF Media and Public Affairs, in Abuja on Friday, said that the forum Chairman and Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, made the donation when he led a two-man delegation of the forum to Kaduna State.

Fayemi said that the delegation was in the state to commiserate with the government and people on the train attack which claimed lives, injured many while several others kidnapped.

In his words, “We are here to show solidarity with them and align with the governor who as a public servant all his life, he has been a focused leader from who we must learn, to ensure peace in our communities.”

The NGF chairman, while addressing Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai, expressed deep sympathy to Kaduna State and its people.

He described the attack as “mind-boggling,” because of the number of casualties and other fatalities.

“Regrettably, the criminals were audacious enough to also take away some hostages which raised the state of insecurity, which has virtually thrown Kaduna in the mix,” Fayemi said.

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The Ekiti Governor wondered if the entire crime was the handwork of some enemies of the state government or its governor, trying to distract the state from its path to development.

Fayemi regretted that, ”everything is currently unnecessarily revolving around 2023,” advising that, more should be done towards securing the country.”

He said the North-West of the country had been a region of calm and consensus before now.

Fayemi also agreed with the Kaduna Governor on his solution to banditry, in which he has always advocated that government takes proactive action by going after the bandits in their enclaves and rooting them out.

The NGF chairman admonished El-Rufai not to relent in his efforts at building the state but “continue to be the leader that he has always been, regardless of whatever anyone thinks.  Nigeria is worth dying for.”

In his remarks, El-Rufai disclosed that 61 Kaduna indigenes were still recuperating from the train attack, including a top government official and his 8-months pregnant wife.

He said that the bandits were currently hiding somewhere in Niger State.

El-Rufai, however, regretted that the attack was avoidable, because, ”the state government had tipped the Nigerian Railway Corporation.”

Kaduna train attack: NGF donates N50m to victims

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