Aisha Umar, a 45-year-old woman, has gone blind after losing two breadwinner sons, Mubarak and Abubakar Hassan, who were in the army, to Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.
The sons had been sending her money for her healthcare.
The woman, also known as Indo, lives at her parent’s house in Unguwar Dandinshe in Dala Local Government Area of Kano State, where she is soliciting assistance for her eye problem.
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She had been residing in Jaji Barracks in Kaduna State, where she raised her children, who like many other youths developed the love for the military and later became soldiers.
“Because of interest my two sons Mubarak and Abubakar Hassan joined the Nigerian Army. Mubarak worked in Kaduna State, while Abubakar was in Abia State, after sometime Mubarak was then transferred to Maiduguri in Borno State where he stayed for two years before he became ill.
“We never knew until it worsened. Their Commander called me that we should come to see him but before we could, another call came that he was dead,” she told Daily Trust Saturday.
Aisha said it was a heavy burden for her, but the other son, Abubakar, remained her consolation.
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“Abubakar used to always calm me down with his advice that every soul must taste the agony of death. He said that five times his name appeared to be transferred but that did not happen.”
However, the transfer eventually came and Abubakar had to leave for Maiduguri. The mother said before Abubakar left, she prayed for him.
After four months, he returned to visit the mother and left for the battle field again.
Three months later, Abubakar and other soldiers were killed in a bomb blast in Sabon Garin Damboa.
“Three days before his death, Abubakar called me to lend him money before his salary was paid. We were trying to gather the money and send it to him before the news of his death filtered in. It was later confirmed by the authority.”
She revealed that she got N500, 000 for the burial of her two sons, but she has not received any fund again since then, saying their father has been trying to pursue their benefits.
“Their father met some army officers that he knows to process their benefits, but till now we have not succeeded. Even recently, they call us from Abuja, but nothing has happened,” she noted.
On her eyes problem, she narrated:
“I woke up and started feeling pain in my eyes with high fever, I decided to buy some drugs but after taking the drugs, my right eye became blind.
“I decided to visit a private hospital in Tudun Wada, Kaduna. The doctors confirmed that it was blood pressure that caused the blindness. Pain started in the other eye and I went to the National Eye Centre in Kaduna where I started collecting drugs,” Aisha stated.
According to her, she struggled to buy N8, 000 worth of drugs for the eye problem, but with little improvement.
She stated that due to her inability to continue to buy the drugs, she became completely blind, and was moved to her parents’ place in Kano.
“I have continued to take care of my life at the eye hospital at Mission, but any time I visit the hospital, I have to spend more than N10, 000 because of the drugs,” she further lamented.
She appealed to authorities and others for assistance, saying since she lost her two children, her condition became critical, as they were the ones helping her with funds.
“My husband is poor and my parents can’t afford to buy the drugs for me. For now, I can’t also do anything for myself because of the situation.
“That is why I’m appealing to government and other agencies to assist me because recently we found that one hospital can help fully treat the illness but I need the money to go there.