The immediate-past Governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has offered a cash donation to Usman Yahaya, a Nigerian medical student, presently at the “mercy” of Russian Immigration authorities.
PRNigeria had reported that Yahaya was suspended by Irkutsk State Medical University and evicted from the campus.
This followed the failure of the Sokoto State Government to pay his overdue scholarship.
After his ejection from the campus, the Sokoto State-born medical student was allegedly detained at a Russian immigration camp at Angarsk Irkutsk by authorities of the European nation’s Immigration due to corrupt practices at Sokoto Scholarship Board.
The student has appeared twice at a Russian State court and if eventually convicted, Yahaya may be expelled from ISMU, detained or even banned from entering Russia, in the nearest future.
Wamakko, a serving Senator, is the second high-profile Nigerian elite to support a crowdfunding initiative launched by the Association of Nigerian Students in Europe for Yahaya.
The Founder of Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo, had donated N1 million to tackle Yahaya’s ordeal in Russia.
The cash donation by Prof. Gwarzo, which was done through ANSE, was received by the Manager of PRNigeria Centre in Kano, Adnan Mukhtar.
Senator Wamakko’s N2 million donation was confirmed by ANSE President, Bashiru Muhammad, who expressed deep gratitude to the former Sokoto State Governor.
Muhammad, while calling on philanthropic Nigerians to financially support their crowdfunding initiative launched for Yahaya, said Wamakko’s donation will go a long to help offset part of their colleague’s accommodation and other required fees.