Nearly a month and a half has elapsed since Nigerian senators pledged to donate their December salaries to the survivors of a tragic drone attack in Tundun Biri, Kaduna State, yet the promised funds remain undelivered. This delay has sparked apprehension and disappointment among the residents of the affected community.
On December 3, 2023, Tundun Biri was struck by an accidental military airstrike during a religious gathering, resulting in the death of 85 individuals and injuries to many others. In the aftermath, Barau Jibrin, Deputy Senate President, visited the community to express condolences. Representing the senators, he announced a collective donation of their December salaries, totaling approximately N109 million, to aid the victims.
This announcement was made in solidarity with the bereaved and injured, as Jibrin stated, “We are here to represent the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and indeed, other senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in order to sympathize with you and condole with you for the lost lives and those who sustained injuries in respect of the unfortunate incident that happened at Tundun Biri in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna some few days ago.”
Despite this commitment, the residents of Tundun Biri continue to await the fulfillment of this pledge. The community, still grappling with the ramifications of the tragedy, is also concerned about the ongoing security threats. Idris Dahiru, a local who lost 30 family members in the attack, shared his anxieties, stating, “The security situation in Tudun Biri is still a concern. We were told that a military formation would be established but that has not happened. There is still a security threat here in Tudun Biri, and the earlier the government acted on the promise (military formation), the better for the community.”
The delay in the senators’ donation and the unaddressed security concerns have left the residents of Tundun Biri in a state of uncertainty and distress. The community continues to hope for the promised support and a more secure future.