- Nathan Sharibu has confirmed reading about Bukola Saraki's donation to them
- His daughter, Leah Sharibu, was abducted by Boko Haram terrorists
- The former Senate president said he was donating part of his severance allowance to the Sharibu family
Nathan Sharibu who is the father of Leah Sharibu, the school girl kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists, have thanked former Senate president, Bukola Saraki following news that he donated part of his severance allowance to them.
According to Premium Times, Sharibu confirmed that he read the news of Saraki’s donation to their family online.
He said while they were grateful for the donation, they would love to have their daughter with them more.
He said: “We read it on the internet last night and we were struck with mix feelings. Each time we hear the name of our daughter mentioned in the media, our expectation is to hear the good news of her release. But, yesterday, we heard what the Senate President said should be extended to Leah’s family.
“We thank him, not necessarily because he is giving out money; no. But for the fact that he still has our daughter in mind; and that gives us a lot of hope that Nigeria has not forgotten her.
“Money is good, but what can be compared to having our dear daughter back in our arms? That means a lot to us.”
Legit.ng had reported that Saraki directed that the National Assembly management should distribute his severance allowance to families of three victims of the insurgency in the northeast,
This is even as he also directed that children of late senators be also included in the list of beneficiaries.
In a statement signed by his special adviser (media and publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that the severance allowance should be used to support the families of Leah Sharibu, who is being held by Boko Haram.
He said that part of the money should also be donated to the families of two humanitarian workers abducted and subsequently murdered by Boko Haram insurgents - Hussaini Ahmed Khoisan and Hauwa Liman.
Also to benefit from the money are children of late members of the eight Senate who may require financial assistance in furtherance of their education as a trust fund is to be established by the management of the National Assembly for the purpose.
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