Governor Nasir el-Rufai, of Kaduna State, broke down in tears, at the weekend, during the launch of a Foundation in memory of his late daughter, Yasmin.
el-Rufai described his late daughter as a wonderful child who had passion for the less privileged in the society.
He said, “As I was watching the documentary, I cannot control tears in my eyes. She was a wonderful daughter. Apart from Yasmin,we also lost a son. The foundation is being run privately. We will continue to support creative initiatives in Kaduna.”
Governor el-Rufai, along with wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, among other dignitaries, officially launched the governor’s late daughter’s ‘Yasmin el-Rufai Foundation’ (YELF).
The governor said the Foundation which was privately being run has creative writing and women literacy programmes aimed at improving the literacy skills among women and children.
On her part, the wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hadiza Isma el-Rufai, said she set up the Foundation in her late daughter’s name to immortalise her and to keep her creative vision alive.
According to her, the Foundation literacy programme is targeted at women who cannot write and speak English, adding that the foundation apart from organising workshops will also establish creative writing clubs in schools to nurture young boys and girls.
Wife of President, Aisha Buhari, who was represented by a former Plateau State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, while paying tribute to the Governor’s late daughter said the foundation is timely and a welcome development.
Buhari’s wife, however, called on parents to nurture their children in creating skills.
Also,in her message,Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, Amina Mohammed, said education holds the key to poverty eradication, stressing that quality education must be promoted to bring back out of school children.
“UN will continue to support the education of our children because it is the only key to eradicate poverty in the society.
“We commend the founder of Yasmin el-Rufai Foundation (YELF) for providing creative skills to the young ones” she said