From Kateng Daniel
It was a moment of joy and excitement for a helpless orphan, Musa Muhammad who divinely met with Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande that decided out of his love for the vulnerable and humanity, sponsored his education from the primary to tertiary level.
Muhammed met with Yusuf Kwande, son of former Ambassador of Nigeria to Switzerland in 2008 at a traffic light in Wuse 2, Abuja selling plastic water under the bitting sun.
Yusuf Kwande gave Muhammad N1,000 note that fateful day and after few hours, God cross their path again and he extended some money again to him to enable him feed himself.
Few hours after the last encounter that same day, Muhammad ran into Yahaya-Kwande at Big Bites which he considered very strange and extended his business card with clear instruction that he should call him when he got home.
Muhammad yielded to the instruction and called the line and behold, Yusuf Kwande picked the call and decided to speak with his mother.
Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande asked the mother, why was Muhammad selling plastic water under the sun while his peers are in school; she replied with a low tune that his father was dead and she has no money to send him to school.
Months after then, Muhammad was arrested by Environmental Task Force for selling water on the streets of Abuja and a call was put across to Yahaya-Kwande, he gladly rushed to the office and rescued him with his friends.
He took Muhammad home where he saw his mother for the first time and decided to give her some money to set up a small business, sadly, she eventually died after illness.
Yahaya-Kwande also pledged to sponsor Muhammad’s education and that of his siblings; he extended some goodwill to their neighbours who witnessed the divine intervention.
He equally sponsored Ibrahim Rahj to Serbia and Turkey for football trial after he came to squat with Muhammad when he lost his parents.
At the moment, Muhammad is filled with joy and excitement as he has completed his National Diploma which has changed positively the living condition of the family.
Muhammad who narrated his chilling story said, “I was helpless and God bless me with a helper; I was hopeless but now hopeful. God used Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande to change my status in life.
“I was selling plastic water at Wuse 2 Abuja and met with Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande at the traffic, he didn’t know me, but out of pity he gave me N1000 and after few hours, we met again and he gave me some money.
“After some time, the Environmental Task Force arrested me and my friends for selling plastic water on the streets, I became helpless with no help coming my way. I decided to call Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande and he responded swiftly and came to the scene where he bailed us.
“He took me home that fateful day and met with my mother. He gave her money to start a business and took the responsibility of my education and my siblings, since then, he has not fail us.
“My friend, Ibrahim Rahj who came to stay with us when his father died, Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande sponsored him to Turkey for football trial. As we speak today 23 August, 2021 I have completed my National Diploma and all this came from a man who I met on the road.
“I will ever remain grateful to him for changing my life positively. May God keep him in good health and bless the work of his hands. My life has never remain the same since the day I had encounter with him, I am very grateful.”
The good gesture has continued to elicit commendation from members of the public who reacted on LinkedIn urged other citizens to emulate Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande’s approach to life and humanity.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed described the gesture as a step in the right direction, “This is awesome, a bold step. If we can all emulate and apply it where much is deserves, the better for us.”
An Ambassador at the Nigerian Embassy, Ali Magashi applauded the gesture and described it as a step towards empowering and liberating humanity.
“The silent things godly people do to impact humanity, this is wealth at its best. Well done and keep up the good things you are doing silently; may Allah continue to bless , guide and protect you.”
Yet, another reaction came from a Financial Advisor, Michael Akhigbe who encouraged Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande to carry on with the good work of helping the poor.
“Well done Yusuf, It’s obvious that is the stuff you are made of, full of human kindness. Please keep doing what you know how to do best.”