Following the gradual return of normalcy to restive north-eastern Nigeria, the Borno State government has enrolled 517 children of displaced Fulani herdsmen in school.
The gesture covers children of the herdsmen who are reportedly victims of suspected Boko Haram cattle rustling that were forced to flee their abode to Maiduguri, the state capital for safety.
15-year-old Halima Hassan is one of the 517 beneficiaries of the Borno state Fulani/Bororo scholarship scheme.
“Before now I was not in school, I was just sitting at home doing nothing. Then Baba Kashim came and put me in school,” she said on Thursday.
“He bought everything for me; he bought me uniforms, books and everything I need for school. He gave us a car to take us to school and back home; they even give us food twice in school. I would like to be a doctor when I finish school.”
Also, Halima’s father, Hassan Nagulla, commended the State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, for the kind gesture.
He said, “May Allah cause other governors to hear and learn from what Borno state governor has done.”
Borno has been in one of the states largely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency that began in 2009 when their leader, Mohammed Yusuf believed to have died in police detention.
The outlawed sect, however, carried out a deadline assault that grew global outcry following the abduction of over 200 pupils of Chibok Girls Secondary School in Chibok, a largely dominated Christian community in the state.