Dangote Donates 50 Million Naira To Victims Of Ife Crisis
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has come to the rescue of Ife crisis victims.
He donated 50 million Naira to victims of the communal crisis that hit Ile-Ife, Osun State, on March 8.
Dangote made the donation on Monday, at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
The fracas, between the Yoruba and Hausa residents of the city, claimed many lives.
A panel of inquiry set up by the Osun State Government, which began sitting on April 19, received 406 memoranda. Most memoranda contained demands for compensations.
While many claimed that their shops were looted, others claimed that their houses were burnt, and appealed to the government to assist them.
Dangote, who was represented by Mrs Suera Yusuf, Managing Director of Dangote Foundation, said that the money would be shared among 220 victims.
“Each of the 220 victims will receive a cheque commensurate with the losses suffered,” Yusuf said.
She expressed the Foundation’s readiness to assist victims of violence so as to ameliorate their sufferings, but cautioned youths against being used to perpetrate such violence.
The Managing Director called for unity between the Yoruba ad Hausa residents of Ife, saying that peace and unity would attract development and posterity to the city.