By Joke Adeniyi
I noticed the flush of emotions as she spoke to me; I could feel the tinge of excitement in her voice during our two-minute telephone conversation on Tuesday. The early morning chit-chat was a clear departure from what we had a week earlier. The sorrow that made her voice pitch low as she narrated the plight of her son, Ibrahim Garuba, had taken flight. It is indeed a thin line between emotions; sadness and happiness.
Ibrahim, is the 13year-old student of Cherubim and Seraphim College, who suffered spinal cord injury as a result of mishap while observing environmental sanitation in his school on 11th January, 2017. The story of the young school boy is touching.
Mrs Falilat Garuba, a widow, was all by herself with joy as she announced to me, the state government generosity towards her family. A cheque of N1m was presented to the mother by the state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Engineer Musa Yeketi on Monday.
The sum of money is expected to cover the pre-surgical, surgical and post-surgical bill of the victim.
It would be recalled that this writer had drawn attention of government and the public to the pathetic plight of the teenager, who had been bedridden at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for over a month. It has been a traumatic experience for the family that lives from hand to mouth.
The kind gesture of the Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed led administration, came at a time the family was on the verge of losing hope of getting assistance.
The immediate approval of the money required for Ibrahim’s treatment by the governor, shows that the state government operates his administration with human face.
This development has gingered hope that the young lad will walk again. The humanitarian intervention of the state government is no doubt life changing and will surely put smiles on the face of Ibrahim.
The Gov Ahmed led state government must be commended for this show of love and kindness to a citizen. This lends credence to the words of the legendary Catholic pontiff, John Paul II that leadership and politicking are not about winning elections, holding positions of authority or making rules to hold people in obeisance, but about delivering the highest good to the commonest of the common people.