From David Hassan, Gombe
The death of Hajiya Fatima Yelwa Dnjuma Goje, wife of the immediate past Governor of Gombe State, seems to have dealt a heavy blow on street beggars in Gombe.
According to one of the popular wheel chaired begger at the Ministry of Works junction in Gombe, the Gombe State capital, Mallam Ibrahim Guruma, all known beggars are crying their hearts out following her extraordinary philanthropic gestures to disabled street beggars.
Speaking to our correspondent, Mallam Ibrahim said they feel more bereaved than any person on the face of the earth because of her closeness and identifying herself with them.
“The news really shocked us and we
are saddened by her exit. Though no one can question Allah for her demise because He gives and He takes. We pray for the repose of her soul and for Allah to reward her with Aljannatul Firdausi”, Mallam Ibrahim stated in tears.
Explaining how Hajiya Yelwa, wife of current Senator representing Gombe Central impacted on their lives before passing away, he said, “no Sallah passes by without her sending different foodstuff comprising no fewer than 20 bags of rice to all disabled groups in the State, sugar, seasonings, spaghetti among many others and not just on festive occasions alone”.
“She identified with us to the extent that when one of us was getting married recently, she hired and was present with us at the Jewel Suites up to the end of the occasion. She has, at several times, assisted us with wrappers to give to our wives. When her father died, we had to hire a bus and filled it to capacity and travelled to Kashere to condole her. She made us feel part of the society,” Mallam Ibrahim said.