Shettima Visits Kaduna Bombing Victims, Promises New Houses, Schools
Vice President Kashim Shettima has said the Federal Government will rebuild the Tudun Biri village in the Igabi local government area of Kadunawas hit
According to the VP, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed that the Pullako Initiative should be kick-started in Kaduna State, with a complete package, including houses, clinics, schools, veterinary clinics, empowerment initiatives and solar energy, among others,Biri community as a way of compensation for the destruction caused by the drone misfire.
The Vice President disclosed this on Thursday after visiting the victims at the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital in Kadunaof the casualties, most of whom are women and children, are receiving treatment.
A presidency statement issued after the visit revealed that Shettima battled to hold back tears from rolling out of hisduring the visit during which he directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to ensure that the victims get adequate relief materials.
Announcing President Tinubu’s decision to rebuild the community, VP Shettima who spoke at a meeting with leaders and other stakeholders of the community said, “Most importantly, the President approved the commencement of the Pullako Initiative by next month. The Pullako Initiative is the President’s unique
“Beneficiary states are Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, and for equity and justice, we deliberately included Niger and Benue States.
“We intended to kick off the programme in Sokoto, but in the light of recent developments, the President directed that the Pullako Initiative should behere in Kaduna State. And Tudun Biri will be the first beneficiary of that scheme. We are going to build houses that will complement the efforts of the Right Speaker.
“But ours is a complete package as well, including houses, clinics, schools, veterinary clinics, empowerment initiatives and solar energy. It’s a complete package of solutions as a non-kinetic responsethe North West.”
The Vice-President also noted that President Tinubu is worried about the tragicpointed out that away from the number of casualties, it is gruesome to lose even one life.
Taking a leaf from the late Dele Giwa, VP Shettima said, “I am here because the President is deeplyHe was deeply touched by As the late Dele Giwa rightly said, let’s not talk about the numbers; ‘one life taken in cold blood is as gruesome as millions lost in a pogrom’.
with the bereaved families. We were in the hospital to sympathise with the assured that the federal government stands by the community affected, the government and the people of Kaduna State this unfortunate incident.
“It is already directed byPresident and an investigation is being to prevent a recurrence of the expect a report to be submitted in the shortest possible time,” said the Vice President.
Shettima thanked religious leaders and elders of the community for not yielding to what he described as a plot to politicise thein an attempt to inflame passions.
“I want to register our profound gratitude to our religiousleaders, who have served as stabilizing forces in this trying moment.
“Efforts were made to politicise, to inflame passions, but our leaders chose to err on theof and I cannot but thank you most profoundly.
“Incidentally, among them are two of my friends, Imam Tukur and Sheikh Al-Misri. They are my veryfriends and I want to thank you,” he noted.
Earlier at the hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Shuaibu Musa, told Vice President Shettima who was at the health facility to commiserate with victims of the dronethat the hospital received 71 victims with different degrees of injuries.
He said some of the casualtiesbeen referred to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna.
The Vice President, in the company of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas; the state Governor, Uba Sani; APC National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje; Minister of Defence, Ibrahim Badaru and other senior government officials, moved from bed to bed consoling victims of the attack, while receiving briefings on the health condition of each of the patients on their hospital bed.
Shettima, who battled to hold back tears from rolling out of his eyes, directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to ensure that the victims get adequate relief materials.