A group of Nigerians under the aegis of Team Ramatu, yesterday identified and honoured a diligent traffic police officer in Abuja.
Other Nigerians joined Team Ramatu to shower Inspector Audu Selbol and family with gifts, in cash and items.
Selbol could no longer hold back his tears as eulogies and gifts kept rolling in from one speaker after another.
According to them, the ever-smiling and dancing vehicular traffic maestro always put smiles on their faces and made them forget their stress with his unique and funny dance steps and a constant smiling face.
One of the speakers even revealed that the Plateau-born traffic police officer was responsible for saving her friend’s marriage.
According to her, her friend had gone out to fine-tune divorce processes, but on seing Selbol danced in the sun, she returned home, mimicking him with dance steps on entering the house to the shock of everyone, when asked why such dance steps in a long while, she happily said: “Problems do not finish oh. I saw one traffic officer dancing and smiling while working under the sun, it’s not that he doest have problems. Let me dance too. Happiness is a choice.”
Inspector Selbol was praised for uncommon dedication to duty as he was said to have working tirelessly under Abuja’s scorching sun and under the rains to ensure free flow of traffic.
He said, he put such dedication and diligence into his work to ensure seamless traffic flow, because he did not like to see accidents that destroyed property and lives.
There is hardly any Abuja motorists who hasn’t spotted him. While others appreciate him by waving as they drive pass, others pullover to part with something.
Unlike many, Selbol never gets angry at certain motorists who forget to drive when he gives them green light, rather he changes his dance step, puts hands akimbo and wiggle his waist, as if to ask them why they aren’t moving.
FCT Arts and Culture cinema hall, Area 10, Garki, venue of the event was electrified when the audience prevailed on the honouree to climb on stage and ‘perform’.
He didn’t fail anyone. He thrilled with his traffic dance steps and the sweet melody boomed.
Everyone stood up and Selbol got such a standing ovation as the audience unanimously chanted he should continue.
Team Ramatu is a support group of Nigerians who root for the success of the FCT Minister of State, Ramatu Aliyu.
(Story credit: Wisdom Acka)