The national leader of the Congress of All Progressives (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, donated N50 million fire victims to the central Katsina market and called for the reopening of the market to allow traders to resume commercial activities.
The former Lagos governor, who announced the donation addressing affected traders in the devastated market on Wednesday, said he would continue to support the state government and traders in rebuilding the affected stores.
Tinubu, who was escorted to the stage by Governor Amina Bello Masari; his deputy Mannir Yakubu and state government secretary Mustapha Inuwa expressed shock over the fire.
He said the current opening of the market would allow victims to determine the number of lost property and raise livelihoods.
However, he warned Nigerians to avoid violence and acts that could disrupt the peace and stability of the country, saying that no significant development could be achieved in an atmosphere of excitement.
He explained that it has become imperative to promote unity and harmonious coexistence, as well as to address the torturous social and economic problems that are destroying the country.
He said: “I am here to work with the governor and the people of the state of Katsina, especially the men and women affected by the fire. I donated N50 million to vulnerable traders. Whatever affects the people of the state of Katsina also affects me and that is why I am here.
“We will continue to promote unity and cooperation among community members in our country. We cannot displace, but unite to promote peace and stability. “
Earlier, Governor Masari praised the APC leader for sympathizing with the state government and affected traders, adding that his administration is doing everything possible to help the victims.
Katsina is the home state of President Muhammad Bukhari. It is believed that Tinubu, although he has not yet formally announced that he is interested in the presidential race in 2023, is striving to succeed President Buhari.