More than N300 million was raised at the 50th birthday of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday. The money would be donated to charity, specifically internally displaced persons.
Aliko Dango, the President of Dangote Group, donated N100 million; Captain Idohosa Okunbo donated N50m; Chief Emeka Offor, N20m, governors of Bauchi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Edo and Borno states donated N10m each.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, praised the Speaker for his role in dousing executive-legislature tensions.
In his response, Dogara assured the donors that the money realised at the event would be spent to improve the well-being of the IDPs and to fund charity.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated Dogara on his birthday, as contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said having followed Dogara’s political trajectory.
President Buhari believed that Nigeria’s future could be secured with great leadership by younger Nigerians.
Such youths, he added, should be fired with the zeal to build one great nation that everyone could call a home.
The President noted that Dogara’s personal attributes of selflessness, maturity and friendliness had eased the relationship between the Executive and the Legislative arms of government.