Yimitu: A community strengthened by govt weakness

The solidarity and unity that exist in various communities paved way for development. The welfare of the group is considered more important than the comfort of the individual. Nowadays, no thanks to globalization, ‘me and my family’ concept has gnarled this concept, but not in Yimitu.
Yimitu, in the Waru District of the Abuja Municipal Area Council is about 20 minutes drive from the popular Apo market and harbours over 400 people from the ancestral Gbagyi lineage.
The community lacks features of a modern community aside a borehole despite its proximity to the city centre.
According to Mr. Zaka John, who spoke on behalf of the village head, the community drew its communal strength from the government weaknesses in providing them with necessary social amenities.
Zaka said the villagers visit the nearest hospital either in Waru, about 15 minutes or in Kabusa about 5km to the village. Because of this distance, the community took it upon itself not only to convey sick persons to the hospital but to also foot the bill for such persons.
This measure has saved many lives and put smiles on many faces, corroborated Ibrahim Dauda, the son of the village head.
They however lamented the unavailability of health centre in the village and called on authorities of the Abuja Municipal Area Council to come to their rescue.
The neglect from the government bounds the community members, having realised the need for their survival, said Dauda.
He stressed that the community only got a borehole from the government in 2011 since the existence of the village for over 50 years.
“The borehore could not serve the needs of the people, as such we rely on local wells,” he explained.
He also added that the community due to its communal solidarity, has concluded plans to build a block of classrooms so as to ‘challenge the government to come to their aid’.
The nearest secondary school is at Kabusa few kilometres away from the village. The government could also help in this aspect but we have not heard from them, he buttressed.
Though, the community can boast of a primary school.
The villagers also collectively organised ‘banga’ (vigilante group) to checkmate security challenges.
“Though there have been no serious incidence of crimes, the ‘banga’ consisting of men, patrols the community at nights to wade off criminals and protect the people,’’ explained Zaka through an interpreter.
The villagers are predominantly farmers added Dauda, but the appalling nature of the roads have been hampering the profitability of their profession.
Though like Dauda, the community members joggle between farming in the rainy season and menial jobs like bricklaying in the dry season. The community members however called on the authorities to assist them with electricity.
Stealing is a taboo in Yimitu. This is connected to their belief that whoever steals is on the verge of losing his life. The Ozhin, a wooden cross- like structure like a scarecrow is placed in farms upon stealing suspicions and whoever steals from the farm thereof could lose his life.
This scarecrow-like structure usually conspicuously displayed in the farms would make the belly of whoever steals swollen.
However, the offender could be redeemed only if he accepts his wrong doings and ask for forgiveness.



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