5-yr-old terror survivor cries out: ‘Why should anyone want me dead?’
By AbdulSalam Muhammad, Kano
Margaret Johnson, a five-year-old who survived the terror attack in Bayero University Kano (BUK), was surrounded by her parents, Johnson and Halima, and three other sisters on her hospital bed at the emergency section of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.
Looking worried perhaps due to the pains of the bullet lodged in her back while escaping from the sports hall of BUK that fateful Sunday, she shed tears, and rhetorically asked, ‘why should anyone want me dead?’
This is the story of Margaret, a nursery pupil of BUK Staff School and her three sisters led by her elder sister, Becky Johnson, a 19-year-old two hundred level student of mass communication of Bayero University.
Margaret said: “God is superior. I saw His hand while escaping after an explosive was thrown into the hall full of worshippers.
“I escaped into the hands of my elder sister (Becky) who carried me and flew away amid shooting and haulage of explosives.”
Becky stated that she led the other three children of the family to the church and, half way in to the mass, “we heard gunshots all around the hall and what looked like IEDs started falling in like confetti.”
According to her, she climbed the lecture hall like many worshippers only to be confronted by fire coming out of the guns of the attackers who had taken position outside the premises and, miraculously, none of the bullet hit me except my little sister.”
She said they ran across the road and took refugee in the neighbourhood, pointing out: “We were moved to hospital by a good Samaritan when the fire subsided.
I can capture what I saw, it was a bad dream but the big solace is that I survived with all my younger ones and I have every reason to be grateful to God.”
Another sister, Cynthia Johnson, 15, on her part, revealed that she jumped out of the hall when she heard the first gun shot, adding that she rejoined with her family at Murtala Muhammad Hospital after the attack.
Cynthia, a student of Top Quality College, also attributed her escape to God’s intervention. “I saw the attackers armed with weapons, firing at worshippers as I ran and galloped away to safety.”
The head of the family, Mr Johnson, was short of words. He told Sunday Vanguard, “My mien tells the whole story. Can you imagine how I could have felt if I lost all these children? “But God is in control, and He knows why I am in Kano and has done everything possible to protect my family.”
Johnson however said that, despite the terror attack, he was not thinking of relocating to his Ado local government area of Benue State as, according to him, “ my God is not a sleeping God”.