The president’s special adviser to the media and publicity, Garba Shehu, responded to former presidential aide Ren Omokri by saying he would not touch the money he earned from people under the guise of helping Leah Sharib, who was abducted by Boko Haram.
Shehu said on his official Twitter as he responded to Omokri’s challenge to give him $ 20,000 if he slept in Kware in Sokoto State or Koshobe in Borno State. Kware and Koshobe are known to be strongholds of bandits or terrorists.
“If this is money from collections made in the name of Leah Sharibu, the unfortunate Christian girl stolen by Boko Haram, I won’t touch it for long. Please keep “your USD 20000 (sic)”. Shehu tweeted.
If this is money from collections made in the name of Leah Sharibu, the unfortunate Christian girl stolen by Boko Haram, I won’t touch it for long. Please keep “your USD 20,000”. https://t.co/zn4NC24L9X
– Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) December 23, 2020
Omokri said earlier that he would offer the presidential spokesman $ 20,000, approximately N7.8 million.
He wrote on Twitter: “Garba Shehu said Bukhari has made Nigeria safer. I vow to pay him $ 20,000 if he spends the night without insurance in Koshobe or Kware, certified by an independent journalist. I will give the funds to Dele Momodu when he agrees to leave. ”
Shehu claimed that President Muhammad Bukhari had made this country safer.
Leah Sharibu was among 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018. Five of them did not survive the ordeal, and Lea, a Christian, was not released along with others because she refused to convert to Islam.
Omokri later wrote a book entitled ‘Leah Sharibu: The Boko Haram Girl Left Behind’.
“You will be shocked by the great cover-up of the Bukhari administration when you read this book,” Omokri said of the publication. He also introduced custom-made ‘Free Leah Sharibu’ t-shirts that are said to sell between N30,000 and N100,000, bought by some notable Nigerians.
It was alleged that he profitably profited from Leah Sharib’s troubles, and Nigerians subsequently attacked him on social media. The accusations led to the popularity of #RenoUndarted on Twitter.
Omokri, however, denied the allegations, saying all proceeds from the book and T-shirt were sent to Leah Sharib’s parents.