On Friday July 31st, The Victims Support Fund Presidential Committee headed by Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.) had a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja.
After receiving a briefing from the Victims Support Fund committee, the President directed the Head of Service of the Federation Danladi Kifasi to facilitate the immediate release of the N5 billion which the federal government pledged last August to support the terrorism victims.
From Left to Right: Danladi Kifasi Head of Service, Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin Chief of Defence Staff, Alkasim Abdulkadir Victims Support Fund Committee Member, Alhaji Tijani Tumsa Victims Support Fund Committee Member, Professor Yemi Osibajo Vice President, President Muhammadu Buhari, General Theophilus Danjuma Chairman Victims Support Fund Committee, Mr Wale Tinubu Victim Support Fund Committee member, Professor Ben Angwe Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Mr Sunday Oibe
Former President Goodluck Jonathan had inaugurated the committee last July to provide a framework for all people and institutions to help mitigate the sufferings of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.
General Danjuma told the President that out of the N55.92 Billion pledged at the fund-raising dinner for the Fund in August last year, N33.54 Billion was still outstanding, including N5 Billion from the Federal Government.
He said that the VSF currently has N23.33 Billion in four bank accounts and that the Committee received approval from the immediate past administration to incorporate the fund into a Trust Fund, to “insulate it from political interference.”
With President Muhammadu Buhari
President Buhari, according to a statement made by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, urged the Committee to ensure proper coordination with other government agencies providing support and assistance to victims of terrorism.
The President assured General Danjuma and members of the VSF Committee that his administration will take proactive steps to defeat terrorism in the country.
From Left to Right: Dr Sunday Ochoche Executive Director Victims Support Fund Committee, Mr Sunday Oibe, Alkasim Abdulkadir Victims Support Fund Committee member, Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Mallam Sayana Yusuf representing Department of State Services, Chief Mrs Nkechi Mba Chair person National Council for Women Societies, Air Vice Marshal Tony Omenyi representing Defence Headquarters
With Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin Chief of Defence Staff
From Left to Right – President Muhammadu Buhari; Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma Chairman Presidential Committee of Victims Support Fund, Other Members of the Committee -Alhaji Tijani Tunsah, Mr. Wale Tinubu, Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep and Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji during the meeting between the President and the VSF Committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
From Left to Right – Vice President Professor Yemi Osibajo, Mr Wale Tinubu and Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji
With General Theopilus Danjuma Chairman Victims Support Fund Committee, Alkasim Abdulkadir, Chief Mrs Nkechi Mba (behind) .
General Theophilus Danjuma granting media interview with other Victims Support Fund Members Alkasim Abdulkadir, Chief Mrs Nkechi Mba, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Alhaji Sani Sidi Director General of Nigerian Emergency Management Agency
General Theophilus Danjuma, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Dr Sunday Ochoche