By Abdihakim Mohamed
A student from Garissa High school who was participating in the Pupils Reward Scheme mentorship programme touched President Uhuru Kenyatta heart with a narration of patriotism on Thursday night at State house, Nairobi.
Mohamed Yusuf from Garissa High School told the story of a fish that longed to live outside water but was caught and cooked.
“Every time the fish came into contact with it water, the water asked, ‘Oh, I thought you said you never wanted to see me’,” Yusuf narrated.
“Just like the fish could not run away from water, we cannot run away from Kenya. Let us love our country because we do not have another country,” he said.
The president posed for a selfie with Yusuf and thanked him for the remark.
“Hey, I was touched by your statement, it was very moving. Keep up the good spirit, young man,” Uhuru told the youngster.
Yussuf was among a group of 49 students from all over the country, the fifth to be hosted in State House by the President under the programme launched in May.
President Uhuru said that the initiative was started to motivate the youth to play more key roles in society. Criteria for the mentorship programme are talent in arts and sports among others.
“The purpose of this programme is to make you work harder. Life is short but it can be fulfilling when you are the master of your destiny,” he said.
“Do not waste your opportunity to succeed and do not sit on your laurels.” he added