The Executive Director of the Beautiful Gate Handicap People’s Center Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan (Esq) has again reached out to persons living with physical disabilities in Babaldo, Birnin Kudu LGA of Jigawa State. A total of one hundred and twenty (120) wheelchairs were distributed to beneficiaries. This will be the 6th time the Beautiful Gate Handicap People’s Center is reaching out to people living with physical disabilities in Babaldo, Birnin Kudu LGA of Jigawa State.
Speaking at the residence of the Dakachin Babaldo, venue of the event, Executive Director of the Beautiful Gate Handicap People’s Center Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan (Esq) stressed that disability is not the end of life, hence there is need provide support to enable persons living with disabilities to pursue their person aspirations in life. He added that the wheelchairs provided for free to beneficiaries should spur them to have hope that they can make something meaningful out of life despite their physical challenge.
In his remark, Rev Dr Ronald Rice said that the Beautiful Gate Handicap People’s Center got its names from the bible account of the story of Peter and John who were entering the temple at the time of prayer and saw a man who was cripple from birth, expecting alms from them. He added that Peter and John who didn’t have money to give told the cripple man that such has they had they give on to him, and said ‘…in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk’, and the cripple man received a miracle and walked. He said that even though what was done in the bible account might not be replicated today, wheelchairs being provided is what is being provided to help beneficiaries are able to move around.
He informed beneficiaries that so far, over 28,000 wheelchairs have been distributed by the Beautiful Gate Handicap People’s Center, sponsored by the members of his church and others back in the United States of America.
Rev (Dr) Rice reminded beneficiaries that one of the greatest Presidents the United States of America has had, the only one who was elected four (4) times, was Franklin Roosevelt, stressing that Roosevelt also suffered from polio and ruled from a wheelchair.
Rev Rice also reminded beneficiaries that the Executive Director of the Beautiful Gate Handicap People’s Center Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan (Esq) had polio as a small boy and was unable to pursue his education ambition until a wheelchair was given to him at age 19 by his uncle, and today he is a qualified Lawyer, after bagging a Law Degree from the University of Jos.
He added that Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan has traveled the world and has received many awards, even more than those who do not have physical disabilities, as a result of the great work he is doing in humanitarian service. He charged them to be resolute, never give up and ensure that they continue to pursue their ambitions, whether education, business or learning a vocation.
Rev Dr Ronald Rice was accompanied by Philly Sorter, the International Director, Schools for Africa, an initiative for the construction of free school for nomadic children in cattle ranches; the initiative has so far constructed about twenty free schools in Nigeria.
On his part, the host, the Dakachin Babaldo, Birnin Kudu LGA of Jigawa State, Alhaji Usman Lamido also encouraged beneficiaries to draw inspiration from the examples presented by Rev Rice to ensure that they make meaningful use of the free wheelchairs they were about to receive to ensure that they make something out of their lives like Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan and Former United States President Franklin Roosevelt.
Beneficiaries were all excited and full of gratitude to Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan Esq, Rev Dr Ronald Rice and importantly God for the wheelchairs provided for free which has given them a ray of hope that their lives have not ended as a result of their physical disability.