The First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has reiterated her worries on the gruesome murder of a five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar, saying, a quick punishment should be served on the culprit as a detriment to others.
Aisha Buhari made this call on Wednesday, February 9; during a private visit to Kano State to condole with the late Hanifa’s family; saying, “only a sound punishment would pacify mothers who are the most touched in the killing of the innocent girl.”
“In a situation where children are no longer safe in schools, then, our society has become something else. We want to see those behind the killing being punished immediately.
“We want to see one or two persons face the law and be quickly executed; so we will know that corrective measures have been taken.”
“Right now, the Nigerian society has become something else; if a whole teacher who is trusted with the children would be behind this dastardly act; he should be punished immediately so that others would learn.”
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, who alongside his wife, Hafsat, received Aisha Buhari; emphasized that the government was highly ready to assent to the death warrant of Hanifa’s killer.
“I will not waste a second to sign the death warrant of those behind the killing of the five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar,” Ganduje assured.
He said his government has already provided some relief to the bereaved family to cushion the pain of their daughter’s death.
Meanwhile, a Bill for an Act seeking to sanction public officers from seeking medical help abroad; with public funds has passed the second reading in the House of Reps on Wednesday, February 9.
The House also placed a N500 million fine and seven years imprisonment; for any public official who violated the Act.
Rep Sergius Ogun (PDP-Edo) who sponsored the Bill; while leading the debate on the floor of the House of Reps in Abuja said the Bill would positively impact the lives and wellbeing of the people.
He said that the objective of the bill was to amend the principal Act; so as to make provision for sanctions against any public officer who violates the provisions of the Act, especially section 46 of the Act.
He said that the Act forbid that any public officer should seek medical check-up abroad; except on recommendation which must be approved by the Minister or Commissioner of Health
He added that the Bill has three clauses, which are: the enactment clause, the amendment clause of the principal Act, while clause three is the citation.