The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on Saturday called for collective efforts to fight child cruelty in Nigeria.
The Emir, who is also the Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, made the call when he received a Lagos-based NGO, OzzyBosco Smile Foundation (OSF) , in his palace in Zaria.
The Emir commended the NGO for putting smiles on the face of one Sadiq Usman, whose eyes were plucked early this year.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the three-years-old Sadiq lost two of his eyes to unknown persons at Ban-Zazzau, Zaria in January 2016.
“Your action is worthy of commendation; this has shown a demonstration of your zeal and absolute commitment toward assisting this boy to be formally educated,” the Emir told the NGO.
“It is heart warming for somebody to have left Lagos purposely to come to ensure the continuity of the education of this little boy whose eyes were brutally removed by unknown person.
“May the God Almighty bless, safe and increase the wisdom of this young chap in whose the foundation was named,” he prayed.
In his speech, Master Oziomachukwu Favour Majekwu (OzzyBee), the little boy who OSF was named after him, said he was touched when he first received information about what happened to the Sadiq.
He said that OSF was essentially established to put an end to child cruelty.
Earlier, the Project Director, Mr Ralph Nwafor, said OzzyBee was an exceptionally talented multi-award winning artiste, a singer, dancer, an actor, composer and incredibly graphic artist.
“This kid blossomed rapidly into a unique brand since winning the “Best Entertainer Act” Season Seven of Kids God Talent Competition in 2011 at the age of four.
“OzzyBee has to his credit five musical videos and 15 singles which include the latest humanitarian song/music video “Smile Again” which he dedicated to Internally Displaced Children in Northern Nigeria,” he said.
According to him, OzzyBee has over 55 prestigious awards and remains the only Nigerian to participate in the Prestigious Britain’s God Talent in Manchester, England on 26, Dec. 2015.
The NGO had earlier presented some cash donations to both Sadiq and the management of the school, Prof. Ango Abdullahi Nursery, Primary and Secondary School, where the victim is presently receiving formal education.