President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he was an orphan and he never knew who his father was.
Daily Post reports that he made the stunning revelation at the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential rally in Damaturu, Yobe on Tuesday, January 10.
Buhari, who spoke in Hausa language, also said that he spent nine years in a boarding school to acquire an education that enabled him to get enlisted in the Nigerian Army.
He spoke on his background in an effort to stress the importance of education, and urged the people to ensure they send their children to school. He added that whatever they have in this world can be taken away except the knowledge they have acquired.
The president further said that Boko Haram inflicted damage on the people of Yobe, their property and the economy, before the intervention of the government led to the decimation of the terrorists.
He said; ‘‘Make sure you send your children to school and make them understand that whatever you have in this world can be taken away from you except the knowledge you have in your head.
‘‘I was an orphan; I did not know my father. I spent nine years in a boarding school and because of [my] education, I was enlisted into the Nigerian Army.
‘‘I want you to strengthen your faith, try your best to uphold the children and family God has entrusted to you. Do not betray that trust.”
Meanwhile, an Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a 21-year-old man, Gabriel Sylvester, to one year imprisonment for internet fraud commonly referred to as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’
He was arraigned before Justice R.A. Oshodi and pleaded guilty to two count charges bordering on fraud.
It was gathered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Lagos command, had on August 29, 2022 raided an apartment in the Ibeju Lekki area and arrested suspects between the ages of 18 and 30 .
The EFCC said the youths had no source of livelihood but an iPhone 6S was recovered from Sylvester.
The prosecuting counsel, F. Ofoma told the court that the defendant, an orphan, confessed to receiving an Apple gift card worth $100 as part of an online scam, which he converted to N25,000 (Twenty-Five Thousand Naira).
He said the money was then expended on the purchase of foodstuff, recharge cards, slippers.
The orphan pleaded guilty after the charges were read and begged the judge to temper justice with mercy.
Justice Oshodi then sentenced him to one-year imprisonment on count one and one-year imprisonment on count two.
The presiding judge, however, gave him an option of N50,000 fine in addition to community service.