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Boko Haram: FG raises N58.79billion for Terror Victims' Support Fund

01/08/2014 18:05
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, has said that the Federal Government has raised a total of N58.79billion during the Terror Victims' Support Fund raising event it held on Thursday.
In a statement by Abati, he said President Goodluck Jonathan was greatly delighted at the generousity of those who gave to the course of alleviating the pains of such terror victims particularly those who were victims of the activities of the dreaded Boko Haram sect. The highest donation was N10billion and the lowest individual contribution of N5,000.
Abati said the figure exceeded the Federal Government’s initial target of N50billion.
He described the generous donations as an indication of support for the FG’s counter-terrorism strategies.
He added that the gesture showed that the public was genuinely concerned about the threat of terrorism to the country’s common humanity and stands ready to support worthy causes and pro-people policies.
The statement said, “President Jonathan notes that the overwhelming demonstration of support for the Fund has greatly inspired and encouraged the government to continue to adopt every possible measure and do everything within its powers to bring terrorism in the country to an end as quickly as possible.
“The Federal Government’s initial target of N50billion was exceeded, a clear indication of support for the Federal Government’s counter-terrorism strategies.
“The President commends the Chairman of the Terror Victims’ Support Foundation, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) and members of the Foundation for accepting to serve the nation in this regard. He is confident and convinced that the Foundation will make judicious and transparent use of the funds in order to ameliorate the negative impact of terrorism in the affected areas.
“The total sum of N58,790billion was realised during the fund-raising on July 31, 2014 with the highest donation of N10bn and the lowest individual contribution of N5,000.
“President Jonathan appeals to other Nigerians and friends of the country to make their token contributions to the Fund as the Foundation seeks further support.”

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