Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday, approved the release of N10 million to save the life of Mbahi Sarki Suleiman, a 29-year-old 300 level student of geography at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), who is in critical need of kidney transplant.
The student hails from Yara in Hawul local government area of southern Borno.
The support came after the student and his mother featured multiple times on Brekete family, a morning programme on Human Rights Radio in Abuja, hosted by Ahmed Isa, popularly called ‘ordinary President’, with direct appeal to Zulum to save Suleiman. The family sought for N9 million being the cost of the transplant as they had a donor in waiting.
According to a statement by the governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, on Wednesday, on Tuesday, January 12, the family’s appeal was brought to Zulum’s attention by his media team, following which he directed the immediate release of N10 million to fund Suleiman’s transplant. Whereas the family needed N9m, Zulum added N1m in case of unforeseen circumstance.
The following day, Wednesday, Saratu Sarki Bitrus, mother of the student, returned to Brekete family programme with her son, and confirmed on air, that she had received N10 million as directed by the governor and she had already made payment to a hospital in Abuja, which will undertake the transplant scheduled to hold this week.
“Speaking with tears of joy, the patient, Suleiman told audience that it was he who saw the deposit alert of N10m in his mother’s phone,” Gusau said.
“Yesterday [Tuesday], my mother gave me her phone to show me a deposit of five thousand naira that someone had made to her account and while I was going through that, I suddenly saw an incoming deposit and it was N10 million, I became shocked and showed my mum, we all knelt down in disbelief and started crying,” Suleiman was quoted as saying.
“Later on, an aide to the governor called to ask if we had received the alert and we confirmed it. I do not know what to say to my Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, I can only wish that God blesses him and make him greater than he is, nothing I say can show the extent of what I feel about that intervention to save my life. I currently survive on dialysis until I undergo a transplant.”
After the family outing on Brekete family, a media aide of Zulum met Suleiman, his mother and management of Brekete family at Human Rights radio in Abuja, to convey the governor’s well wishes for successful transplant and speedy recovery.
“In December 2019, Governor Zulum had directed the Borno State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri to be offering free dialysis to all patients in the state who were paying so much for weekly dialysis on which citizens with kidney failures survived on.
“Governor Zulum had also directed the state ministry of higher education, science and technology to in collaboration with the state ministry of health fund a research to find the causes of rampant cases of kidney failures in some parts of Borno. The ministry has placed adverts inviting scientists for the research, with investigations still ongoing,” the statement added.