NSA’s visit to Yola market elicits deep emotions, poignant recollections, true friendship

NSA’s visit to Yola market elicits deep emotions, poignant recollections, true friendship

By Mustapha Abusalwa

History is made today as one of the grand sons of Yola, in the person of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu stages a historic entry into the rustic Yola market to commiserate with victims of the recent fire disaster.

The solemn visit which Ribadu made to show empathy to the traders who lost hugely to the fire incident immediately turned to a reunion of old friends and compatriots as Ribadu, Nigeria’s current NSA who recognized many of the traders and even called some of them by their names recollected with absolute precision his old time memories with the traders.


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It was a time when deep emotions and poignant recollections of times and events flowed ceaselessly as many traders who thought that Mallam has deleted them in his memory were caught off balance when Ribadu gave an exuberant rendition of the life and times at the market especially in the days when he maintain constant patronage of it.

It was also a time when the meaning of true friendship manifested in all its ramifications because despite not being in the market for decades, Ribadu appeared not to forget about old friends dead or alive. Ribadu who prayed for the dead friends promises a better future for those alive.

One thing that surprised everyone during the visit was the ability of Ribadu to locate the various trade points in the market like animal market, fish stalls and most of the places he constantly visit during his days with the precision of a compass to the surprise of even the traders themselves whom mostly forgot about these details with the passage of the time.

As one of the people on the entourage of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, I will like to use this auspicious moment to congratulate the Yola traders because I know when Mallam really meant business. During my side discussion with the NSA he whispered to me that he is going to do something good for Yola traders and that is all the assurances I need to congratulate the marketers knowing the propensity of Mallam to fulfill promises.

Let me use this opportunity to reassure the traders that something good is in the offing for them and in no time, the chicken will surely come home to roost.

Mustapha Abusalwa writes from Yola.


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