On Tuesday, December 5, the Lagos state House of Representatives honoured a physically challenged beggar who sponsored himself through school to become a lawyer.
The beggar who was identified as Abdulsalam Kamaldeen Idowu was said to have studied political science at the University of Lagos (UNILAG). Another who was honored was Aarinola Olaiya who attained exceptional academic excellence at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state.
National Helm disclosed that both Idowu and Olaiya were recognized based on the adoption of a motion sponsored by the House leader Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila. The House resolved to establish a Parliamentary Honors/Award System for the recognition of extraordinary achievements by Nigerians.
Honorable Gbajabiamila said: “When ordinary Nigerians do Extra ordinary things then they must be celebrated and all men and women of power and influence must rise and bow to them. Nigerians and the world celebrate Messi and Ronaldo every day for the amazing things they are able to do with their legs and today we must celebrate Abdulsalam for the amazing things he has been able to do without his legs. Idowu lost his two legs to polio at the age of three, lost his mother at the age of four, started primary school at eight and resorted to street begging to raise money to buy uniforms, books and to feed. He begged for arms from primary through secondary school and was known on the streets of Lagos as a beggar. From street begging he bought GCE form in 2002, sat and passed the GCE and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam and was subsequently admitted to study political science at the University of Lagos. As he was preparing to complete his first degree, he sat for the West African School Certificate Examination and JAMB. In his determination to become a lawyer, passed the exams studied law and was later admitted to Nigerian Law School in 2015 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on November 30, 2016.”
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