Tinubu’s supporters clash with critics over N50m donation to Katsina market fire victims

The donation of N50m to victims of Katsina
Central Market fire by All Progressives Congress
chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has been raising dust on
social media with many Nigerians criticising the
former Lagos State governor while his supporters
have also taken to his defence.
Reno Omokri, a former social media aide to ex-
President Goodluck Jonathan, had censured
Tinubu for donating the huge amount to victims
of the Katsina market fire while allegedly
ignoring affected traders at Shasha market in
Ibadan, Oyo State; and other markets razed
recently in Lagos and the South-West.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that no fewer
than 700 shops and stalls were razed in a
Monday morning fire incident that ravaged the
Katsina Central Market.
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Goods worth billions of naira worth were also
burnt and stolen in the looting that followed the
unfortunate incident.
Tinubu was in Katsina on Wednesday where he
was received by the state governor, Aminu
Masari. The APC stalwart was taken round the
razed market by the governor and he pledged to
assist the traders with N50m.
However, the APC chieftain has since come under
fire on social media. Katsina is the home state of
the President, Major General Muhammadu
Buhari (retd.), and many have linked Tinubu’s
donation to his rumoured presidential ambition
in 2023.
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A tweep, @i_racle wrote, “When market places
were burning back to back in Lagos, there was
no federal delegation and Tinubu’s donation.”
“Interesting! I thought they say charity begins at
home!” said @Samuelohalete1.
@EAshayi stated, “Good move. However, it is
said that charity begins at home. One tends to
think that he is seeking approval of the North in
view of his political ambition.”
But some supporters of the APC chieftain have
since defended his generous action, saying he
was promoting unity.
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@officeroflagos said, “Away goal is important in
UEFA champion league, so away spending is
important in politics in Nigeria!”
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On Facebook, Oloyede Ismaila, wrote, “The time
(Nyesom) Wike donated N500m Rivers State
funds to Sokoto fire victims, you hypocrites
didn’t say anything but now that Tinubu donated
to Katsina fire victims, you started making a
noise.”
“Anybody can spend his or her money as he
likes,” Adeyeye Abiodun tendered.
Another user, Omoge Sunday, opined that
Tinubu should strike a balance in his generous
gestures.
“He knows how he made his money and he has
absolute right on how the money should be
spent. However, he should learn to please God
rather than pleasing men,” Sunday wrote.

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