CHIKA MALAMI TO THE RESCUE

As he takes over treatment for a blind, bed-ridden, leg fractured indigent in Kebbi

By
Yakubu Ahmed-BK

The story has made the rounds in the past few days in Birnin Kebbi, of a blind man who had fractured his leg in a motorcycle accident and who was on the verge of either losing his leg, or, in a worse case scenario even lose his life altogether due to poverty and inability to get help.

56 years old Malam Ya’u Yahaya, a resident of Tudun Wada in the Birnin Kebbi Metropolis had fractured his leg while he and his guide, on their way to Jumaat Mosque, had an accident on a commercial motorcycle and badly broke his leg.

Prio to the accident, Ya’u Yahaya, married to a disabled wife herself, was going about the neighborhood, using a guide to ask for alms with which he made ends meet.

When the accident occurred, he was taken to a hospital in Birnin Kebbi but after tests and diagnoses, the amount required to treat him was out of his reach and was thus forced to return home to seek for alternatives.

He made quite a handful of visits to different traditional bone healers. His neighbors and other men of goodwill who took pity on him chipped in, but their widow’s mite was not enough to feed him and his children and still pay for the charges usually associated with traditional medication.

His condition deteriorated and the fractured leg was going from bad to worse until some of his neighbors decided to look outside the neighborhood for help and that was how some social media operators within the area reached out to veteran journalist Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed BK (Maibindiga) with the man’s tribulations.

As soon as the issue got to his knowledge, Maibindiga, reached out, a few days after, to Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Chika Malami, who promptly directed that the man should quickly be taken to a hospital for immediate attention. He quickly wired some money and demanded action on the matter. His intentions were that as soon as charges for full treatment were made known, he will send whatever amount it turns out to be.

When Maibindiga and his team visited Ya’u Yahaya today in his house which was lent to him by his in-laws, to arrange how quickky he could be moved to the hospital for admission and subsequent treatment, Ya’u Yahaya, after receiving the team, said that he will rather be left alone to continue with the traditional treatment he is currently undergoing, because for the past one week that he started receiving traditional treatment, he has felt far better and that he believes that he will soon recover. When the Maibindiga team exerted pressure on him to accept to be taken to a hospital, he begged that his body is responding favorably and quickly to the traditional bone healing and asked that he be allowed to see it through.

His problems now, he intoned, is lack of food in his house and the attendant hunger that had become their lot. He joked that the money which Chika Malami sent for a fresh treatment in a hospital should be used to purchase foodstuff for him so that when he feeds well, it will aid his quick recovery from the unorthodox treatment.

At the end of the day, and from the evidence of lack of food in the house, the money sent by the Minister which was for consultations, tests and diagnosis only was turned in to the patient for him to deal with his immediate problems, since there are proofs that the traditional treatment he is currently undergoing was evidently working.

Amidst bouts of joy and a wide smile on his face, Malam Ya’u thanked the Minister and prayed to Almighty Allah to reward, protect, guide and to continue to strengthen his capacity to give out in help of the needy.

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