The House of Representatives recently honoured a physically challenged,who was formerly a beggar and now a lawyer, for his amazing academic feat and unshaking desire to achieve success amidst all odds.
During the plenary of the house in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday, December 5th, 38 years old crippled Abdulsalam whose story was first published in the Punch some years back received a standing ovation and words of commandments from the law makers for overcoming his challenge and stigma as a crippled beggar, to graduate a lawyer.
At the young age of 3, young abdulsalam lost his legs to polio and buried his mother at the age of 4. Owing to these, uncontrollable factors, he started his primary school education at age 8, a time when all his mates were getting ready to move higher.
With no father or mother to support, he began begging on the streets of Lagos to pay for his tuition fees from primary school through secondary school, all the while sleeping under the Lagos Idumota bridge until he was finally able to save money to rent a room.
From begging he was able to save money for a GCE and JAMB form in 2002 where he gained admission to study political science at the university of Lagos. Before he completed his first degree, he sat for another WAEC and JAMB and finally gained admission to study law at the afore mentioned institution in 2010. He gained entrance into the Nigerian Law school in 2015 and wrote his call to bar exam on the 30th of November, 2016.
At the event, the speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, left his chair to give him a handshake, amidst round of applause.
The leader of the house, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila commended him on his determination against all odds to emerge a success.
He said “despite his challenge, he chose to work hard to make a name for himself.
Wow! Isn’t this the most inspiring story you have heard in a while? This should firm up your faith that you can be whoever you want to be if you believe and work towards it.
Well Done Abdulsalam! The Sky Is Your Starting Point!