Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu travelled in Kaduna on Tuesday to meet with Governor Nasir El-Rufai to express his condolences to the state government and people following the recent train assault by terrorists known as bandits in the area.
Mr Tinubu, who was joined by Senator Kashim Shettima, the former Governor of Borno State, offered a N50 million gift to the victims of the incident.
At Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, the Kaduna State seat of power, he was greeted by Governor El-Rufai and Senators Uba Sani and Suleiman Abdu-Kwri.
Tinubu’s company also included Yakubu Dogara, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Senator Abu Ibrahim.
The train attack, according to Mr Tinubu, was a “national calamity.”
He believes that everyone should be concerned about the recent atrocities in Kaduna state, which have taken hundreds of lives and homes.
He went on to say that bandit killings are no longer acceptable and must be stopped.
Mr Tinubu advised Governor El-Rufai not to be discouraged by the terrible events, but to continue to provide effective government.
He also urged well-to-do Nigerians to help the Kaduna state administration deal with the humanitarian challenges that have resulted from bandit assaults.
Governor El-Rufai responded by thanking Tinubu for canceling his 70th birthday colloquium in honor of those slain, as a sign of solidarity with the people of Kaduna State following the recent incident.
He also congratulated Tinubu for his dedication to Nigeria’s unity and progress.
El-Rufai said he is aware of Tinubu’s presidential ambitions, but that Nigeria is at a fork in the road and that painful decisions must be made in order to elect the proper leaders.