The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, visited Katsina on Wednesday and announced a donation of N50 million to victims of the Katsina Central Market Fire.
Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, made the announcement on Wednesday during a condolence visit to the Katsina State Government and victims of the fire.
He was received by Governor Aminu Masari and other top government officials in the state.
Tinubu commiserated with victims of the fire and advised that market activities resume despite the level of damages and destructions recorded.
According to him, life must continue. “I’m the son of a market woman and leader. My mother was the President-General of Market Women Association of Nigeria. I know the importance of markets.”
He said the people of Katsina should see him as a friend and brother who wants to offer a helping hand.
While addressing journalists, Asiwaju Tinubu said the purpose of the visit is to sympathise with the victims of the fire and promote unity.
Tinubu was the second person to visit and sympathise with the people of the state after the Federal Government delegation which came on Tuesday.
He expressed shock over the unfortunate incident and emphasised the need to promote unity and collaboration among Nigerians adding that Nigerians must be their brother keepers.
The early Monday morning fire which gutted scores of stalls at Katsina Central Market fire destroyed goods and properties valued at millions of naira.
Eyewitnesses attributed the fire to the explosion from gas cylinders sold in one of the shops.
Following the fire outbreak, a six-man delegation from the Federal Government on Tuesday visited the affected market including the Katsina Government House to also commiserate with the victims.
The FG delegation was received by the Chairman of Traders Union Abbas Labaran Albaba and some selected members of the union including some victims.
The delegation went round with the market officials and victims to get first-hand information and access the level of damages in the affected areas.