As Senator Bukola Saraki is rounding up his term as president of the Nigerian Senate, he has decided to donate his entire allowance to victims of insurgency which include the Leah Sharibu’s family.
According to his media aide, Yusuf Olaniyonu the sum total of N7.5 million naira allowances was a one-off payment to lawmakers who are not returning to the Senate. And Bukola Saraki has decided to donate it all to beneficiaries include the family of Leah Sharibu, a school girl who is being held hostage by Boko Haram after she and other girls were abducted from Dapchi town in Yobe State, and the families of two humanitarian workers abducted and subsequently murdered by the insurgents, Hussaini Ahmed Khoisan and Hauwa Liman.
Recalling that Bukola Saraki lost his seat as the senator of Kwara Central Senatorial District at the senate in the last general election.
However, according to Yusuf, Saraki’s decision to use the severance package to support the selected victims of the insurgency was due to the fact that their cases represented some of the most touching humanitarian issues debated at the plenary during the four-years of the Eighth Senate and on which his colleagues and himself made emotional and passionate speeches.
In further break down, Saraki decided that 20 per cent of the severance allowance is to be donated to the family of Ms Sharibu while 20 per cent is also to be paid to the family of Hauwa Liman, the aid worker brutally murdered by Boko Haram after she was captured. Another 20 per cent is to be donated to the family of the second aid worker, Hussaini Khoisan, also murdered in the same circumstance by Boko Haram.
The remaining 40 per cent should be used by the National Assembly Management to set up a Trust fund that will assist children of deceased members of the Eighth Senate who are in financial need for their education.
Saraki further stressed “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”