Bomb blast won’t deter me from returning to school, says Kano attack victim

Victim of Monday bomb blast at Kano School of Hygiene, Nafiu Musa GwarzoFrom Mustapha Adamu, Kano

One of the victim of the explosion that rocked Kano State Health School, Nafi’u Musa Gwarzo, has vowed to continue his career in education despite the yesterday’s bomb attack by Boko Haram in the school.

Gwarzo, who is receiving treatment at the Murtala Muhammad General Hospital in the Kano city, told our reporter that although he was newly admitted in the school, the attack will not stop him from realising his dream of becoming a health worker in the state.

Narrating his ordeal, the 22-year old student said that he went to the school to collect his admission letter and was with his friend when the explosion occurred as they were preparing for the afternoon prayer.

“I went to the school to collect my admission letter which I have been waiting to collect for weeks ago. After we finished ablution for afternoon prayer, we saw our provost alighting from his car and students gathered to hear his address.

“As we were approaching the place where the provost was standing, I just heard a very loud sound and I fell down fainted. I didn’t know where I was until I saw my self here in the hospital bed”, he narrated.

Gwarzo, who was devastated by the situation, said he is recuperating as the doctors are taking good care of them,even as he described the incident as predestined.

Another victim, Iliyasu Idris Abubakar, who graduated from the school’s department of Food Hygiene, said he went to see his final year project supervisor when the explosion occurred.

“I have graduated from the department of Food Hygiene with a certificate programme. I went there to see my project supervisor for correction. After I asked his whereabouts and his colleague told me he wasn’t around, I just stood briefly to wait for him. As soon as I stood there, the explosion occurred. I just fell to the ground with my body burnt. You can see how my skin is burnt”, he also narrated.

In the same vein, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has described the increasing spate of terrorist activities in the country as worrisome, saying it demands urgent action against the extremists.

Sanusi, who spoke to newsmen at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, shortly after he visited the victims of the Monday blast in the Kano school of Hygiene, which claimed eight lives, said the attack is evil because the students targeted are innocent citizens trying to better their future.

He added that the people of the state should thank the almighty God for reducing the magnitude of the attack, which was not the aim of the terrorist that set out to kill more.

He commended the management of the hospital for their effort of taking care of the victims, whom he said were responding to treatment, even as he expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident calling on the people of the state to pray to God against any form of crisis in the state and the entire country.

Sanusi, who expressed happiness that the burns on the victims’ skins did not penetrate deeply into their flesh, said “I pray to Allah for this horrific thing not to happen again in Kano and other parts of the country.

“May the soul of the deceased rest in peace and I wish the injured ones a quick recovery. I also condole with bereaved parents of the victims, may Allah give them the fortitude to bear the loss”, he said.

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