Over N60 billion was donated to Terror Support Fund launched in Abuja by government, individuals and groups for the rehabilitation of victims of terror attacks across the country.
Over 13,000 people have been killed in attacks by the Boko Haram sect while hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and thousands of property destroyed.
According to President Goodluck Jonathan, who spoke at the fund raising dinner on Thursday Night, his government would neither “give in to nor give up on terrorism” but will rise up to the occasion and “defeat the evil philosophy” which the terrorists represent.
President Jonathan announced the federal government donated N10 billion to the fund.
“The fight against terrorists, Nigeria and Nigerians have two choices: to sit down and bemoan the action of terrorists or stand up and fight it. By this fund raising initiative, we have chosen the later,” the president said.
He added: “Those who are trying to destroy the future of Nigeria on the basis of ethnicity and religion are missing the point. Injury to one Nigerian is injury to all of us. Discomfort to any part of Nigeria is discomfort to the rest of the country.
“We want a peaceful country where everybody is happy. We must all must work to bequeath a country of justice to our children.”
The president said although Nigeria was going through a very difficult phase in its history, the country would triumph over the terrorists.
“We will defeat terror and I will lead Nigerians to do it,” he said, adding that no effort would be spared in ensuring that the abducted Chibok school girls are brought back safe and alive.
According to the president, the terrorists that attack churches and mosques have proven that they are enemies of all Nigerians and Nigerians must unite to defeat them.
Some of the largest donors on Thursday night include Theophilus Danjuma, $10 million; Aliko Dangote, N1 billion; Jim Ovia, N1 billion; Tony Elumelu, N2.5 billion; Mike Adenuga, N1 billion; Wale Tinubu, N1 billion; Arthur Eze, $5 million; Mohammed Ndimi, $5 million; Kabiru Rabiu, N500 million; Dahiru Mangal N500 million; and Folorunsho Alakija, N500 million.
Others include a group of oil sector players, N17 billion; bankers N15 billion, telecom sector players N1 billion; state governors, N3.7 billion; and ministers, N50 million.