Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, has responded to Reno Omokri’s offer of $50,000 to move to Bama without protection.
Reno made the request after Garba said President Buhari should be thanked for enhancing Nigerian security at an event last Friday.
In response to Garba’s remarks, Reno said the presidential adviser should go to Bama, Borno state, without any security assistance and that he would pay him $50,000.
Bama in a Borno village, which has been a hub of Boko Haram attacks.
”Yesterday, Garba Shehu renewed his claim that “Buhari deserves credit for tackling insecurity”. I now renew my challenge to Garba. Spend a weekend alone, without security, in Bama, and I will pay him $50k.
Please comment and share so Garba can’t deny seeing this. I am willing to pay the money into an escrow account TODAY or deposit the money with any objective and neutral Third Party of Garba Shehu’s choice.” Reno wrote.
Garba Shehu responded to Reno with a message on his Facebook page this afternoon. He wrote:
”My message to anyone who made money using Leah Sharibu’s sad ordeal, and they are flaunting it remains unchanged: This is blood money. I don’t need any of it. Period.
On February 19, 2018, Leah Sharibu was one of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Dapchi, Yobe State. Five of them died in the ordeal, while Leah, a Christian, was held back from being released with the others because she declined to convert to Islam.
Later, Omokri published a book titled “Leah Sharibu: The Girl Boko Haram Behind.” He also unveiled T-shirts with the slogan “Free Leah Sharibu.”
There were suspicions that he gained handsomely off Leah Sharibu’s misfortune. He, on the other hand, has disputed the charges, claiming that all revenues from the book and T-shirts were delivered to Leah Sharibu’s parents.