WIFE of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari has presented N30 million cash support to parents of the abducted Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok students in Borno.
Represented by the wife of Borno State governor, Hajiya Nana Shettima, Mrs Buhari presented the cash to the parents at a ceremony in Maiduguri.
She pointed out that the presentation was in fulfillment of her promise to assist the less privileged and victims of insurgency in the North East.
Mrs Buhari explained that the gesture was aimed at assisting the parents with some financial support towards alleviating their sufferings.
“Today’s presentation was in fulfillment of the promise I made earlier in the year during my book launch in Abuja.
“I made a promise that the proceeds will be used to better the lives of women and victims of insurgency in the North East,’’ she said.
She urged beneficiaries to invest the money in productive ventures so it can better their living conditions.
“This money is not compensation, but, a kind of support for those in need.
“Our immediate prayer is for God to help trace and rescue the abducted girls so that they can be safely re-united with their families,’’ Buhari said.
The president’s wife commended the military for their efforts in fighting the Boko Haram and expressed optimism that the search for the abducted girls would soon yield dividends.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reported that each of the 215 parents was given a cash of N139,000.
Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, a former deputy governor of Plateau State said the gesture was goodwill from the wife of the president to the parents.
“This is a goodwill support from Her Excellency, Mrs Muhammadu Buhari to the parents of the abducted girls.
“We appeal to them to put the money into proper use, either by investing it in farming or any other business venture,’’ Tallensaid.
On April 14, 2014 about 219 GSS Chibok were abducted by Boko Haram while writing their Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) in the school.