Rescuing humanity in uncertain times  

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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In a world of uncertainties, hope can be difficult to find; especially when life itself feels like it’s caving in and the centre is not holding up any more.

Humanity has recently been attacked by a raging monster known as the coronavirus pandemic which has thrown the human race into unpredictable times.

The epidemic affecting the economies of the world, countries, organisations, families and individuals is further widening social welfare gaps between the vulnerable and the able.

In this time of unease where the need for sustenance and provision of food for the less privilege remains the priority of most concerned, a partially blind man received a joyful visitation.

Malam Muhammadu Mohammed , a 60year old visually impaired man, a migrant from Jaja Village in Arewa local government area of Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State found his dreams come true in the midst of  the global crisis.

Despite being blind, Muhammadu is famous for his farming career in his hometown of Jaja, before his farming business was confronted with the challenge of perennial flooding.

This predicament led the father of eight girls and one boy, among whom none was in a formal school, to “find greener pasture” in the State capital city of Birnin- Kebbi.

Muhammadu who lived in a made shift tent, a hut, is also confronted with the responsibility of fending for his two visually impaired wives, along with his grandchildren, he continued his farming activity in his new location though not as it used to be and he refused to quit.

After about 10years of squatting with his family in two thatched huts on a land that does not belong to him, Ray of  hope gleamed on Mohammed and his family through a community Youths Peace  Initiative , a group that intervenes in matters of certain forms of abuse and molestation on Mohammed’s girls.

The Youths Peace Initiative being a voice to the voiceless and the vulnerable of the society mentioned the Jaja man’s ordeals to the MallPAI foundation, A non-governmental organisation in Kebbi-State ,founded by Mrs Aisha Bagudu.

Malam Muhammadu’s resilience paid off as his daughters who have never been to school were all enrolled in Zannan Gwandu model primary school in Birnin Kebbi,  his son was also enrolled in Gwandu boys model primary school , all benefitting from the free feeding scheme of the foundation.

At a time when the owner of the land where the Muhammadu’s had their shelter in Birnin kebbi demanded to use his property, fate further answered to faith for this family and the founder of the MAllPAI foundation felt the family should not be left roaming the bush paths of the community.

This resulted to the building of the twin bungalows for the family by the non-governmental organisation of Aisha Bagudu, the wife of Kebbi State Governor.

The idea of the shelter is precisely to provide security for the family considered as most vulnerable in Birnin Kebbi.

The renowned farmer’s family was also placed on quarterly upkeep allowance by the foundation way before his dream of having his children all enrolled in school came to pass.

Muhammed and his family found peace in the midst of chaos, on Sunday 10th of May 2020, when the NGO, the MallPAI foundation presented the keys and documents of the two new buildings to the beneficiaries.

Most significant of the celebration was the announcement of the arrest  of the suspects molesting the blind man’s daughters by the security agencies while he took ownership of the 12million naira building.

Muhammadu Mohammed has his dreams accomplished further inspiring the community of People Living with Disability in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

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