Dr Saraki Donates His Severance Pay To The Families Of Leah Sharibu & Other Victims Of Insurgency
Nigeria’s immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was always in the eye of the storm during his reign has once again made news, but this time, very good news. Saraki magnanimously donated his entire severance allowance to some victims of insurgency and also opened a trust fund for the children of late senators.
Severance allowance, which runs into millions of Naira, is a one-off payment to lawmakers, who are not returning to the National Assembly, and Mr Saraki’s own is a total of N7.5M.
Mr Saraki’s media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu,who communicated his boss’ decision through a press statement, explained that the amount will be divided into four donations. And some of the beneficiaries are, the family of Leah Sharibu, (the girls still being held captive by Boko Haram), and the families of two humanitarian workers abducted and subsequently murdered by the insurgents, Hussaini Ahmed Khoisan and Hauwa Liman. These gruesome acts were committed in 2018.
The fourth beneficiaries are children of late members of the Eight Senate, who may need financial support to further their education. The Senate in 2018, established a Trust Fund to assist their family members, after some of them died in service. Hence why Saraki is also making some donations to the fund.
The statement noted that Mr Saraki being a humanitarian at heart, was also interested in those cases because they were some of the most touching issues debated upon during the four years of the Eight Senate, and on which himself and his colleagues made very emotional messages about. Unfortunately, some of these cases are still unresolved as at today.
According to the statement, the family of Leah, gets 20%, Hauwa Lima’s family gets 20%, Hussaini Khoisan’s family also gets 20%, while the remaining 40% would be used by the National Assembly Management for the Trust Fund.
“It is my hope that this Trust Fund should grow with more contributions from my dear colleagues, present, past and future, who may be moved to put in additional money into it.
“The Clerk of the National Assembly will immediately get an official letter from me, mandating him to act as stated above on the disbursement of my Severance Allowance,” the statement said.
It would be recalled that Mr Saraki, lost his bid to return to the Senate in his Kwara Central Senatorial District in the 2019 elections.