CBN donates N100m to Boko Haram victims in Kano

The Nation, Saturday, February 11, 2012.

By Kolade Adeyemi, Kano

[I wonder if the donation of N100m by Alhaji Sanusi, the Central Bank’s governor is not a precedent-setting problem apart from the anomaly of a government department/agency’s head handing out a huge chunk of cash to a group of people.  While no one can dispute the suffering of the thousands that the Boko Haram madness has unleashed, I think there must be a line at which the anything-goes governance style in Nigeria must not cross. TOLA.]

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.
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.
“We 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.
“The 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 families” 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 “the state government requires the support of patriotic Nigerians to bring comfort to those affected”.
“On 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 is very unfortunate that the incident has resulted in the lost of lives and property. Since the attacks, our administration has been doing everything possible to assist the victims.
“The donation from your bank would definitely go a long way in this regard. We are indeed happy that normalcy is gradually returning to the state.
“As you are aware, Governor Kwankwaso has constituted a committee of elders to advise him on how to tackle the current security challenges confronting the state as well as the nation.
“In order to enhance the security of lives and property throughout the state, the government has resolved to initiate a Security Trust Fund through which donations would be solicited for the purpose of security management”, Ganduje stated.

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11 Comments on “CBN donates N100m to Boko Haram victims in Kano”

  1. Folabi ayoola Says:

    Tola, Ajetunmobi’s facts are very ambiguious. Sanusi should come before Nigerians to justify the donations, because such donation cannot be classified as social service donations. Social service donations benefit society but sanusi’s gesture seems tribalistic. Do we let sleeping dog lie and await worse situations? Folabi.

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  2. Folabi ayoola Says:

    The case is that the money should get to the real victims. Uneccessary interest should not be protected because issues of money and nigerians are always questionable. Governmernment service chiefs should not expect returns. The compensation should be timely. Sanusi (cbn governor) has done well, but he should show the gesture to all victims of boko haram.
    Regards FOLABI.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Mr. Folabi. The issue is not whether Alhaji Sanusi “has done well”, rather than his position does not make him a person to offer a help. He is not the head of state nor is he a state governor reaching out to his state’s citizens.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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      • AO Ajetunmobi Says:

        Can central banks on their own volition give out money in charity? Evidence shows that while some do (e.g. the Bank of England), some don’t (e.g. the US Federal Reserve). In the case of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), available records reveal that since 1990s, the CBN has provided cash benefits to various bodies and organisations independent of the federal/state government. For instance, N460,000.00 was donated to rehabilitate borehole project at the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) Hospital, Mangu, Jos; N2m to Child Care Trust; N3.132m for the construction of a clinic at Yangoji Lepers Village in the FCT; N18 million for building of two Police Posts for the Nigerian Police Force at Satellite Town, Lagos; N1.8m to Farm Management Association of Nigeria; and, N4m to Anti-Fraud Foundation of Nigeria. Also, the CBN has so far provided over N453m to execute different kinds of projects in many Nigerian Universities, including Ibadan, Lagos, Nsukka, etc. As Professor Falade has advised, I think it is better to have first an explanation of the criteria used for selecting Kano (and not other state) victims for N100 million donation before making a judgement on the appropriateness or otherwise of that charitable gesture.

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      • emotan77 Says:

        Thanks, Dr. for adding informed comments. While we await comments that I’m almost sure will likely never come because Nigeria’s ruling group has long held their country’s citizens in disdain. They rule as if citizens’ voices matter not, and it really doesn’t; elections are “won” even if not voted for. Ditto political appointees. We can protest and write fancy essays and comments and the president, governors, CBN or other agency heads would do what they like because they all know that at the end of the day, we “will go down without a whimper” to quote a Western diplomat after the retd. General Obasanjo’s “(s)elections” of 2003.

        Back to the important question of whether Alhaji Sanusi has OR any agency head should have the right to dole out cash in the name of charity. If we want to tread the paths of some Western countries as you have mde references to, we’d better be ready to go the whole hog: responsible and equitable access to such state “generosity” that could become arbitrary.

        The donations you have quoted seem outrageous; to me. All these parallel governments – that’s what they are – could be very undemocratic. Nigerians vote somebody in and before we know it, there is an “economy director”, as in the case of President Jonathan, or a full-fledged Abacha-era parallel government, the PTF which has been dusted by the Jonathan administration.

        I think this idea of an agency head doling out money for various charities should be scrapped and should not be allowed to continue simply because it’s been done before.

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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  3. Falade A.G. Says:

    Let the CBN governor explain, then we can judge him.

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  4. Falade A.G. Says:

    Let CBN governor explain, then we can judge him.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Prof. Alhaji Sanusi’s explanation is what we deserve and should await although as things go in these parts where s single part is often greater than the whole, the Alhaji will most likely not say a word, nor will the president. Regards, TOLA.

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  5. Afolabi ayoola Says:

    Thanks tola,casualties are not only those who are dead but those that aware of boko haram. Every Nigerian is aware of boko haram, hence we need cbn’s money. All the boko haram’s victims have to be compensated, otherwise Sanusi will be seen as a tribalist. But will kano state government really share the money to the victims. Pls, where is the trust… Nigerians are waiting for Kano state.
    Regards Folabi.

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  6. Fatai Bakare. Says:

    Could this really be true? I was skeptical about it when I first read it from another site until now I am reading it here again as I am sure Tola Adenle would not publish something until she double checks the source as been correct. So the CBN enclave is now being governed like a State. This LSL man had overstayed his usefulness as the CBN governor and had performed one act too much. I was thinking the press misquoting the source of the donation probably from his own purse. But then he will have a lot of explanations to give to have come across N100m as a public servant. So he is now squandering our money the way he likes. GEJ, this is an enough evidence to ask this man to pack all his bags and baggages out of the CBN quarters, if trully you want to fight corruption and abuse of office.

    I have no respect anymore for this tribalistic and egocentric Lamido Sanusi Lamido. If he does not want us to view him as such then he has to dole out commesurrate donations to all the families and victims of Boko Haram insurgence because what is good for the goose is also good for gander.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks a lot, Fatai. I did not doubt it because once speeches credited to Kano governor were quoted, I was mystified. Nigerians are just learning that the country is being carved up to tribal “chieftains” who apparently can do what they want with their chief-doms: Alhaji Sanusi gets the CBN, etcetera.

      Can you imagine where this new trend will take us: I can see heads of – all the way down the line – government agencies donating money to one project or another in the name of the departments or agencies they head with – as time goes on and the old bad habits kick in – kickbacks getting introduced into ‘giving’ projects.

      I once wrote long before the last “elections” that if Nigerians do not kick and actually get the PDP out of governance, most would gradually find themselves on one vast modern-day slave plantation.

      President Jonathan needs to explain this usurpation of power by an agency head to Nigerians. Dr. Iweala’s “Director of the Economy”, an anomaly if there ever was one, gave Nigerians a taste of she-whose-wishes-and-brief-from-abroad must be obeyed.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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