Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has donated N10m to the victims of the recent windstorm in Bauchi State which destroyed over 1, 500 houses.
It would be recalled that eight people were killed while properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed in the windstorm that occurred in parts of Bauchi metropolis on Saturday June 16, 2018.
The former vice president announced the donation yesterday, when he visited the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, in his palace to commiserate with the people of the state over the disaster.
Atiku said that he had planned to visit the state twice-during the death of Senator Ali Wakili; and the 40th anniversary of the Emir of Ningi, but was not able to do so.
He stated that his visit to commiserate with the people of Bauchi was almost truncated because he had problem with the plane that was to bring him.
“I am happy that I am able to make the visit today to Bauchi because I am determined to come here to symphatise with you over the calamity.
“I pray for the repose of the souls of the dead and those who lost their properties. I came with N10million for the victims and I pray for God to forestall such occurrence in the future.”
In his address, the Emir of Bauchi thanked the former vice president for the visit saying that the gesture was a demonstration of his love for the people of the state.
He stated that even though Atiku was unable to come on the two previous occasions that he had planned to visit the state, the Emirate always received his goodwill message.
He said, “We deeply appreciate your support and love of the people of Bauchi. All we can say is that the windstorm and the fire that engulfed the market in Azare are trials from God and we pray that such will not happen again.”
The monarch assured the former vice president that the money would get to the victims through the committee set up by the state government.
The former vice president and his entourage also proceeded to Azare to commiserate with the people over the fire incident that destroyed over 1,000 shops in Azare Market.
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