A group that claims political alliance with a former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu, says it will raise N64 billion as a birthday gift for Mr. Tinubu, but said the money will go into helping less privileged Nigerians, including the physically challenged, internally displaced persons and the aged.
The group, All Progressives Congress Urban-Rural Self Employment and Poverty Eradication Nationwide, said the initiative would help in alleviating poverty in the country.
The chairman of the group, Daniel Mwanmut, said in a press statement Tuesday in Jos, Plateau State, that the initiative was to mark Mr. Tinubu’s 64th birthday, celebrated on Tuesday.
“APCURSEPEN programme is aimed at boosting investment in masses-oriented housing scheme for workers pensioners, farmers Artisans, traders transporters, physically challenged persons (IDP’s) especially in northern Nigeria and particularly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa and Kaduna states, in view of the ungodly activities of Boko Haram insurgents, cattle rustlers and communal violence,” the group said.
It added that, “APCURSEPEN programme is aimed at mobilizing wealthy members of the All Progressives Congress and public-spirited individuals to support creating self-employment opportunities for our youth and to boost poverty eradication in the 774 local Government Areas in Nigeria”.
The statement also said the facility would be accessed through Mr. Tinubu’s cooperative society, “Made Easy Cooperative Society ABATHOME”.
The group said it would organise other events including musical concert and sporting activities to raise funds.