Bauchi-born Kawu Malami, last week, went viral on social media following a pathetic post accompanied by pictures of him pushing a water truck. Two Four days later, he speaks about it.
WikkiTimes had reported how Malami, a graduate of Engineering from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), ended up a water vendor on the street of Taraba State.
In an interview with WikkiTimes, Malami refuted the post, making rounds the social media. Contrary to what Mustapha Gembu, his coursemate, posted on Facebook, Malami says he is an employee of the Local Education Agency (LEA) in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
According to him, he was on an official “one year leave” to augment his earnings by venturing into other jobs.
Subsequently, he decided to accomplish his aim in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba where he does menial jobs.
Unfortunately, Malami bumped into someone’s car (name withheld) with his two-wheeled cart. This resulted in bickering between the motorist and Malami.
The hassle between the duo only lasted until the motorist turned out to be impressed by Malami’s fluent English, implying that he, the water vendor, is educated. This, Malami says, was how the man obtained his scanned credentials and documents, promising to secure him a job.
He pointed out that the man did not inquire about his job status before asking for his Curriculum Vitae (CV).
However, unknown to Malami, a public appeal started circulating on his behalf, soliciting financial help.
Reacting, Malami described the post as unfair, particularly labeling him “jobless.”
“I do not depend on anyone but Allah,” he said in Hausa.
The post attracted many positive reactions from academics and politicians including Babagana Umar Zulum, the governor of Borno State.
“Ibrahim Bature, a professor at the faculty of Agriculture, UNIMAID, saw the post and contacted me,” Malami told WikkiTimes. “He told me he has spoken to a senator on my behalf, seeking a job. He forwarded me the senator’s email address to send my CV.”
Instead, Malami clarified the professor, saying he was not jobless. “He still encouraged me to send the CV.”
However, the senator also commented on Gembu’s post, promising to help Malami secure a job.
“Again, one of my CV referees also contacted me that Borno State Governor Babagana Umar Zulum has called him on my issue,” Malami said without giving further details.
However, he said he had made peace and forgiven anyone involved in the whole saga. He also apologized to the general public for the misguided post.