The woman waiting for Buhari’s N5,000 cash transfer

The woman waiting for Buhari’s N5,000 cash transfer

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:27 am

Zainab Danjuma with her twins on her small farm

Zainab Danjuma with her twins on her small farm. Photo Femi Ipaye

 By Femi Ipaye

She cannot specify her exact age.  But what is clear is that Zainab Danjuma, a mother of seven, the last two of which are twins have gone through a lot in life.

Now surviving by engaging in subsistence farming with her twins strapped to her body, Zainab said she was abandoned by her husband in 2014.

At that time, she was heavily pregnant with  Taiba and Hazanatu, the twins who now share the daily chores of farming with her. Typical of most Nigerian women, Zainab did soldier on, in spite of the absence of her better half.

She was able to build a room  at Nitel village along Bill Clinton Drive, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road, Abuja which is about 1km away from the toll gate.

After she was abandoned by her  husband with the children, she then moved into her one room mud house along with her seven children. Though the barely literate Bassa woman claimed her first child is 20 years old, he is still living with her.

Zainab said she was formerly selling food stuff in that community until she ran out of capital as a result of bad debts.

Not one to be deterred, Zainab then looked for a piece of land along the Airport Road not too far from the place she calls home,  to farm in order to feed her children.

But of course, she is not making enough from the subsistence farming to send all the children to school, hence only two of them are at present in school.

Zainab certainly  qualifies as one of the vulnerable persons the Buhari administration has promised N5000 monthly cash transfer.

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