In the words of renowned inspirational author, Shannon L. Alder, “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” Perhaps, the above words of wisdom were behind the unprecedented showers of love experienced by the people of the Niger South Senatorial District of Niger State, when Senator Mustapha Sanni Muhammed visited them recently.
The atmosphere was filled with much laughter and rejoicing, as youths in their hundreds were handed items with which to re-write their life stories. Oblivious of what was about to happen, they gathered at Katcha, Lapai and Mokwa local government areas of the state – the various locations of the empowerment programme – and waited patiently for the commencement of the event. The various items neatly arranged before them may have given the curious crowd a hint though.
And then came the hour for the beneficiaries to be presented with items ranging from cars, automated tricycles and motorcycles, to refrigerators and more. The grand gesture was indeed testament to the fact that here was a man who has the welfare of his people at heart. Men, women – both young and old – and children came out in their numbers to witness the historic event. Among the beneficiaries of Volkswagen Golf cars at Mokwa local government area was Mohammed Danladi Mohammed, whose joy was so intense that all he could mutter was, “I’m overwhelmed.”
It was the breath of a new beginning for the youths in these communities. Present at the venues, among other highly esteemed dignitaries, were Nda Lelle Mokwa, Bimma Enagi, Ezonuwan Kutigi, Sheshi of Katcha and HRH the Emir of Lapai, Alh. Umar Bago Tafida.