…As rector extols former Anambra governor
Mr. Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, has called for the immortalization of Rev. Sr. Dr. Henrietta Alokha who died on the 15th of March, 2020 while rescuing school children during the explosion at Bethlehem Secondary School, Abule-Ado.
Obi, also a former governor of Anambra State, spoke at the farewell musical concert organized in honour of the late Sister by the Holy Family Troupe in conjunction with Bethlehem Girls’ College Family.
At the event which took place at the Catholic Church of Nativity, Festac, Lagos on Sunday, Obi described Sr. Henritta as another St. Theresa of the Child Jesus.
He said- “Like St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, she was at her little corner in the college taking extraordinary care of the students entrusted to her to the point of losing her life so that they might be safe. Such people need to be immortalized to show others that we can change the world from our little corners.”
Obi described her life as full of examples, saying- “For us as a people, she teaches us that we do not have to be presidents or governors to effect positive changes in the country. We can resolve to do our little chores as councilors, teachers, civil servants, mechanics, among others in a manner that is pleasing to God and humanity.”
One of the organizers of the event and the Troupe’s musical Director, Mr. Orlando Chuks Okeke said that the consensus to invite Mr. Peter Obi as the Guest of Honour was because of the similarities he shared with Henritta.
He said that like Sr. Henritta, Obi is passionate about education, the training of the young ones along the paths of rectitude as well as the inculcation of discipline and morals by example.
The Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. Adewale Martins who was represented by Rev. Fr. Jerome Akinyemi urged Mr. Peter Obi not to relent in his good work on the country, especially his passion for education, health delivery and the economy.
Meanwhile, the Rector and Principal of St Joseph’s Seminary Special Science School, Awka-Etiti, Rev. Fr Anthony C. Okoye, has praised Mr. Peter Obi, for reviving and transforming the school that was hugely dilapidated for years.
Speaking during the Feast Day Celebration of the school, Fr Okoye narrated how, when he was appointed the school principal in 2012, he met a school so dilapidated, almost abandoned and run over by bushes and animals.
He recalled that he only met about 30 students in the school, who only came around to help the teachers in their school farms and never engaged in any serious academic work.
He said: “Mr. Peter Obi came here to visit us for at least 3 times. After his first visit, he took pictures of our then pitiable environment and promised to change our story. Firstly, we received N20 million from him. With the money, we built our first hostel and began to revive the school.
“Obi did not stop there. We later got another N10 million and later he still gave us another N10 million, making it a total of N40 million received from his administration, in cash.
“He went ahead to donate a school bus and 30KVA generator to us. Every other year, he gave us N1,250,000 for library development and N600,000 for sporting equipment”, Okoye narrated.