The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has promised to foot any foreign medical bill of a three-year-old boy whose two eyes were gouged by yet to be identified persons in Zaria.
Mr. Sani stated this during his visit to the boy at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, on Sunday.
While sympathizing with the boy and his family, Mr. Sani said: “I will foot the innocent boys medical bill in any country recommended by the hospital.”
The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, had also given the boy’s parents some money and promised that the boy’s education up to the university will be taken care of by the Kaduna State Government.
There had been rumours about the amount given by the governor. But the boy’s father clarified how much he got.
“What Bashir Ibrahim Dabo, Special Assistant to Governor El-Rufai, who came on behalf of the governor to the hospital gave me in addition to the N150,000 cash, was $100 cash, which I changed to N29,500. So I am surprised to hear that we received $30,000; which is not true.
“My son has been operated upon, even though he has lost his vision completely, many sympathizers still troop in to offer help for treatment anywhere in the world which is very good and encouraging.
“My family and I are most grateful to government and everybody who supported us in the trying time and we are still soliciting for God’s miracle to restore my son’s vision and to expose the perpetrators,” the father said.
Mr. Dabo also confirmed the amount in a text message sent to PREMIUM TIMES.
An official at the hospital confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Sadiq underwent two surgeries on his eyes but may not regain his vision.