Having lost the use of his legs when he was only a few years old, Abubakar Umar has always been a beggar.
He did not know how else he could get money to feed except he begged.
But now, begging was becoming dangerous.
“I don’t know whether begging to earn a living is now a crime.
“Look at me, I have no legs, I need assistance. I was coming from the market when the Vigilante people arrested me. I asked them what my offence was but they refused to tell me until they brought me to the Wudil Police Station” he told The Guardian.
There was also Abubarkar Danbaba, another cripple who said he was also detained and remanded in Wudil Prison.
“I was waiting by the roadside for a bus back to Jigawa when I saw five Vigilante men.
“They carried me with my walking stick to Wudil Police Station .
“After one night , they moved us to Wudil Magistrate Court where the judge , without asking what our offences were, ordered us to pay N5,000 as fine or spend six months in prison”.
The two physically challenged beggars were among the 40 or so people arrested by the Vigilante group in Wudil Town, 40 kilometers from Kano metropolis.
They did not have the N5,000.00 for the fine and had resigned themselves to spending the next six months in jail when Wudil Community Face book Forum intervened.
The group, in the spirit of Ramadan paid the N5, 000.00 each for Umar and Danbaba to secure their release from prison.
The forum also distributed food items and clothing materials to patients at Wudil Hospital and Wudil Rehabilitation Center, among them , orphans and local Islamiyya students known as Almajiri drawn from Wudil Community.
One of the beneficiaries, Hajia Maimuna Haruna, a widow, told The Guardian: “ I am happy that these people remember those who need help like me. May Allah bless them.”
Another beneficiary, Aliyu Yusuf said: “They gave me clothes for Sallah so I am very happy.”
A three-year old orphan, Muzhamil Zango who got clothes for Ramadan, said: “ Thank you. I like the clothes.”
Unlike so much that goes on among groups that interact in the social media, the Wudil Community Face book Forum has used its social network to encourage members towards tackling some of the challenges in their community..
Established in 2011, the Wudil Community Face book forum was initiated by friends and families of Wudil Community in Kano State, to tackle the social challenges militating against the growth of the community.
Stressing that their group was non-partisan, chairman of the forum, Baba Sani Wudi said it was a truly ingenious platform devoid of political or social affiliations.
“Our group is open to all, old and young, man and woman irrespective of politics.
“The overriding goal is to use our contacts and resources to improve the lives of people in our community Wudil.”