How He Crossed The Border To Get Me
5:00 am the following day, I bade my friends goodbye and headed straight to Ojoo where I boarded a vehicle going to Sokoto. I was quite nervous as it was my first time taking such a journey. While I waited for the Sienna car to be filled, I asked an elderly woman sitting at the front seat if it was possible to get to the Niger Republic through Sokoto.
She gave me a yes, pointed to a man seated not too far from us and informed me he was on his way to Morocco which is after Niger Republic. I was relieved but curious. I wanted to know his mission to Morocco. He suspected we were talking about him so approached us.
I asked him where he was headed and he confirmed he was going to Morocco. I informed him I was on my way to Niger Republic. He asked if I was going there to hustle. I said no, I wasn’t going for business, but to visit. Then I asked him for his mission, I was shocked at his response. In his own words, “to the glory of God, this is my 7th year of pushing people to Spain!”
I asked about the procedure at the border, he assured me I would not need my passport to cross the border as he was going to take me through the bush. I decided right there and then that I needed to be careful of him.
Our car moved around 8:08am with few stopovers to stretch our legs. Eventually, we arrived Sokoto well after 8:00pm. I was worried, I did not know what my next move was and I most definitely could not follow ‘Uncle Morocco’.
The moment our car stopped, I heard someone call my name from outside, I couldn’t believe it, but when I looked I saw Pastor Tony, he had crossed the border to wait for me at Sokoto since afternoon! Good God!!!
We slept outside the park alongside every other passengers at Sokoto/Illela Park since we arrived there well into the mid-night. We had to get up very early in the morning to get our bus tickets. We were told we would be going with the second bus to Niamey by 12:00noon.
I realised that,
- God specializes in making a way where there seems to be no way.
- There will always be contrary opinions on our journey but our core value and determination to get it right before starting will always keep us on track.
Follow me as I take you through my experience at Niamey, Niger Republic in my next series, you sure don’t want to miss it.