A 12-year-old boy, Ibrahim Bukar, who earns a living as a shoe shiner has been enrolled in school by a Good Samaritan, Ibrahim Yusuf.
The Good Samaritan was moved after he found Bukar who is the bread winner of his family wandering the city to look for customers who need to shine their shoes.
According to Daily Nigerian, Bukar who is now enrolled in, Future Hope Private School, in London Chiki area of Borno state is said to be doing well in the school.
Yusuf explained that the 12-year-old's father was very excited after he went to see him and told him he would be sending his son to school.
He said: "The boy took us to their house in London Chiki, but unfortunately the father was not at home. We were told the father is a trader around Custom area, so we decided to go and see him in his place of business.”
"On reaching there, the father was not around also, but his goods were there on display and his business neighbours told us he went away, but will be back soon. We waited, and while waiting for him, I got to understand why he could not send his boy to school.”
"We waited for about 45 minutes, and throughout the time, nobody came to buy the beans and the millet he was selling. When he eventually came back, we greeted him and informed him about our mission there.”
"The man almost burst into tears, he told us that he had wanted his children to go to school, but unfortunately he can’t afford to. He told us that before the insurgency became worse, he had sent the boy to Almajiri school in Dikwa, but when boko Haram took over the place, the boy escaped and came back to Maiduguri.”
He further explained that with the support of his effort and that of a philanthropist the 12-year-old is fairing well in school and he is said to be performing beyond expectations.
He said: "With the support of a philanthropist and my little effort, Ibrahim is now in Future Hope private school in London Chiki area of Maiduguri, and so far he is doing very well. I visited the school today (Friday) to see for myself how he is doing.”
"His teacher informed me that Ibrahim is already performing beyond expectations. She told me that he said he wanted to be the best student in the class, and every evening receives extra lessons from one.”