*’pregnant’ sheep sacrificed
By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
In a move aimed at seeking divine solution to perceived oppression from the governments of Kaduna and Kano states, blind men, women and children under the aegis of Arewa Freedom of the Blind Association, have embarked on prayers.
The prayers which also saw to the sacrificing of a ‘pregnant’ sheep was held at the Darika Central Mosque, Ungwan Rimi, Kaduna on Wednesday.
The blind in their hundreds, converged at the open grounds in the mosque and prayed that God should save them from their oppressors.
Speaking on their behalf, Mukhtar Saleh who was introduced as their Public Relations Officer (PRO), said that in spite of their physical challenges, they were being oppressed by some in authority.
He said that nobody wishes to be blind and those who are not, should know that it was not because they or their relatives sinned that they suffered blindness, but the condition was willed by God Almighty, who created all men.
Saleh charged those in authority to always remember that it was God who permitted it and use it to uplift the downtrodden, instead of oppressing them.
He decried the treatment meted out to their members in Kano State, whereby, they were being handed out fines and punishment for going out to look for means of survival.
“In Kano, the government approved a fine of about N30,000 for anyone found to be cripple, blind, deaf or dumb, male or female, seen on the streets.
“A public spirited individual came out and vowed to pay the fine on their behalf and the government stopped asking for fines and adopted punishing them with lashes from a whip,” he explained.
He said that in Kaduna State, their members and other physically challenged were being rounded up from the streets and bundled away to a camp likened to that used for lepers in the past, where they are subjected to live in degradable conditions.
“The camp is there for you to confirm at Gazera Village, near Makarfi Town in Makarfi Local Government Area,” he added.
The prayers which commenced at about 10:30am featured appeals to God for President Muhammadu Buhari’s health to be fully restored, an end to the economic recession, progress and prosperity in Nigeria and an end to the oppression of the voiceless.
“Almighty Allah, only you can fight for those that have no strength of their own. Help us and fight on our behalf,” they chorused in one of the sessions.