InfactNG: As reported by Olola Seun Akioye on Facebook.
The disease which plagued Abdulmalik Abubakar Oba and finally crippled him from his waist down began when he was in Temidire Primary School Oke-Odo Agege Lagos. Neither Abdulmalik nor his petty trader mother thought much of it especially as it began with a mild intermittent pain at the waist region.
Then the pain persisted and by 2002, his body began to change, bones twisting and pain in his legs, making it difficult to walk at first and in a few years, he was completely paralysed in both legs.
“This problem began when I was in Primary School,”Abdulmalik said. “My mother is not educated, but she took me everywhere, to different hospitals and sold almost everything she had. My dad was never there to help my mother with anything.”
Life was hard for a jobless mother who had migrated with her husband from the north to Agege Lagos. With little support system, she took solace in the will of Allah and gave up on her son.
“There was nobody to help her, so she just gave up,”Abdumalik said. But he was determined not to let his dreadful condition affect his life ambition. He proceeded to LARB College Idimu and in 2013 passed his West African Examination Council (WAEC) School leaving examination.
But if Abdulmalik thought the light was at the end of the tunnel for him, he was grossly mistaken, for fate had more sorrow to unleash on him. Things became so bad with no help coming forth that he chose the only other option open to a person with his condition: Begging.
“I was once a beggar by the roadside in Alimosho Lagos, “he said matter-of-fact. But even that was not enough to stop his dream of getting education and becoming a broadcaster. So in 2018, he wrote Jamb and applied to the Federal college of Education Kano to study History/English language.
Abdulmalik is currently in Kano and even though a step closer to his dreams, he is still several steps further away.
“Since I started attending lectures here in school, I have depended on the help of my friends who will carry me on their backs to the lecture hall and bring me back home. This is not only uncomfortable but it is a big stress to those who helped me, I am on the verge of losing out completely because I am missing lectures so much.
“Sometimes my helpers are tired of me after carrying me everywhere in search of lecture halls at the old and new sites and they would have to leave me alone. I want to buy a bike, the one that can be fixed with two extra tyres that a disabled can drive so I can go to school on my own,” he pleaded.
Abdumalik has through sheer grit and determination pulled himself from the depth of despair but now his strength has given up.
“I am appealing to all your friends to help me. I don’t want to drop out of school and end up yet again by the roadside begging. My dream is to become a presenter/newscaster and help my younger ones and put a smile on the faces of people. Please help me.”
The cost of a brand new ROYAL BIKE is N220, 000 while a fairly used type is N95, 000. Abdulmalik said anyone of them will do.
Please kindly help him. His account details are as follows:
Bank: Union Bank
Account number: 0109860816
Name: Abdumalik Abubakar
Phone number: 08036998461