The 22-year-old tricycle rider, Auwalu Salisu, who returned N15 million that was forgotten in his tricycle to the Chadian owner, has said that the fear of God made him return the money to the owner.
The rider said he was afraid of life in the hereafter as he believed one day he would be no more and money would finish.
Speaking to Daily Trust after he received a cash donation from the Kano State Chapter of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Salisu said he didn’t intend to touch the money even though some of his friends faulted his decision.
“I know that the money is huge, but I am better to stay the way I am than to feed myself and my parents from non-legitimate money.
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“Some people have been saying that I should have used the money, but deep inside me I feel comfortable giving them back their money,” he said.
According to him, he was raised by his parents, who are poor and despite their poverty, they are always cautioned to stay away from what doesn’t belong to them.
“What I did has paid me already. Many people are commending me for that. I have become the talk of the town,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the ACF in Kano, Dr Gwani Umar Farouk, said the tricycle rider would serve as a role model to today’s youth and subsequent generations.
“Only a few among our children of these days can do this. So we believe he was raised successfully in a good manner by his parents. We really appreciate that and we will keep in touch so that he will be a motivation to the youth,” he said.
He urged the youth to emulate the good characters showcased by Salisu, and pray to have people like him in the society.
The ACF also donated the sum of N100,000 as a gift to the young rider.
Meanwhile, members of the Kano State House of Assembly (KNHA) have promised to contribute some percentage of their salaries to the young tricycle rider.
This was sequel to a motion of personal explanation sponsored by member representing the Doguwa constituency, Alhaji Salisu Muhammad, during a plenary presided over by the speaker, Alhaji Isma’il Jibril Falgore.
Falgore while moving the motion argued that Salisu had proven his integrity by returning the missing money despite his family’s condition and the economic hardship in the country.
Responding, the speaker of the House, Isma’il Jibril Falgore pointed out that KNHA would invite the tricycle rider to present their donation.