American billionaire Robert Smith, the founder of private equity shop, Vista Equity Partners, which is best known for fixing up enterprise software outfits has offered to sponsor the
education of 24 girls from the Chibok community, including the 21 girls who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in October this year.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known on Tuesday during a media briefing with journalists at the State House in Abuja.
Shehu said that the girls will be admitted through negotiation at the prestigious American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, with the American billionaire footing the entire bill of the girls’ tuition, accommodation, feeding and other related expenses. It costs anywhere from $5,000 to $11,000 a year to educate a student at the school which is owned by wealthy frontline Nigerian politician and businessman Atiku Abubakar.
He added that “Smith has offered to pay for the education of the 21 released through negotiations and is offering to take responsibility for all the others who will hopefully be eventually set free,’’
He also said that the Nigerian government is treating the recently released 21 Chibok girls as adoptees of the Federal Government.