Aliyu, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, while presenting a cheque to victims of the April 2011 post-election violence in the state at Government Lodge in Minna, said that before the release of funds by the federal government, the state government had earlier helped the victims in recovering from the shock of the incident.
He said: "Let me take this opportunity to call on the political class in this country to exercise utmost caution and high sense of responsibility in all our actions and utterances before, during and after elections.
"Democracy goes beyond periodic elections, and the survival of our nation should be paramount in all that we do. We must therefore always put the interest of our nation before any personal interests or primordial sentiments. "
Calling on the beneficiaries to use the money judiciously, he stated that it's only with true patriotic citizenry dedicated to the survival and development of the nation that great nation building could be guaranteed.
The minister of lands, housing and urban development, Mrs Amal Pepple, represented by a director in the ministry, Margaret Okolo Ebube, had earlier stated that Niger State was the first where the victims of the post-election violence would be presented with cheques.
She stated that after the states submitted their reports, the ministry went to the states to ascertain some of the things that wete contained in the reports and submitted to the government, leading to the release of N5.5 billion to the nine states in the first batch.
She added that the government would still come out with the second batch for some states that were also affected, saying that the action of the federal government was not to replace what was lost but to identify with the people.
She said, "No payment can make for the losses. This is just the usual way of President Goodluck Jonathan of identifying with the losses of the people as a government that is responsible and feel the pains of the people."
The secretary to the state government, Hon. Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki, also disclosed that N433 million was received for 126 post-election violence victims in the state.