The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has donated N100 million to the Kano State Government for onward delivery to victims of the recent Boko-Haram bomb attacks in the state.
CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, presented the N100 million cheque to the Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, during his condolence visit to the Kano Government House yesterday.
Curiously though, Sanusi has not made donations with CBN funds to any state or other victims of Boko Haram’s attack other than this present donation to the people of Kano and he does so not with his funds but with government funds. This was also the complaint of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who complained that Sanusi was using government funds to promote Islamic banking.
There have been previous killings and attacks by Boko Haram. In fact, Boko
Haram killed over 500 people last year and on Christmas day attacked the St. Theresa’s church Madalla, Niger state and killed over 40 people but there was no solidarity visit or donation from Sanusi.
Sanusi explained that the donation is part of its contribution to assist the state government to alleviate the suffering of direct victims of the violence and their families.
â€œWe are here to commiserate with the government and people of the state on the recent violent incident that claimed the lives and properties of victims and present the contribution of the bank to the state.
â€œThe incident, from all indications, has deeply shocked the country and the world at large. Our pray is that Almighty Allah will grant those who lost their lives mercy and comfort their familiesâ€ he said.
Responding, Ganduje expressed appreciation to the management of the apex bank for the gesture, pointing out that it would go a long way in assisting the victims.
He said the incident had greatly affected the state in many respects, adding that â€œthe state government requires the support of patriotic Nigerians to bring comfort to those affectedâ€.
â€œOn behalf of his Excellency, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and the good people of the state, we wish to thank you for this contribution which is a demonstration of the bank`s concern over what has happened.
It will be recalled that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been suspected of having a presidential ambition come 2015 and many are speculating that he is trying to present himself as the Northern candidate to beat hence his recent comments that the derivation paid to some states in the Niger Delta is depriving some states in the North of money and this may be the reason why there is Boko Haram.
Many are now asking if Sanusi who studied in the Sudan between 1991 and 1997 and is reported to have met both Hassan El-Turabi and Osama Bin Laden who was hosted by Hassan El-Turabi while he lived in the Sudan between 1992 and 1996.