Saturday, August 22, 2015
About a year ago, Nigeria was thrown into a state of fear and anxiety after an American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, brought the Ebola virus into the country. Despite having knowledge of his state, Sawyer deceived the staff of First Consultant Medical Centre to add salt to the nation’s injury.
He died uncelebrated, but did not fail to take along some of Nigeria’s finest citizens.
Justina Ejelonu was a pregnant nurse whose first day at the hospital was the day after Sawyer was admitted. Sawyer became her first patient. She became responsible for treating him and containing his unruly attitude, and later contacted the disease. While under quarantine, she had a miscarriage. Because medical practitioners were afraid to treat an Ebola patient, there was no medical help to do an evacuation procedure - to, at least, give her a chance to live. She died.
One of those who were exposed to Sawyer’s unruly behaviour in attempts to force his way out of the hospital was a ward maid, Mrs Ukoh. She too contacted the disease from Sawyer and later died.
Last, but not the least, is Dr Ameyo Adadevoh. She was the Chief Consultant. She put the situation under control and swiftly contacted all relevant stakeholders to ensure the spread of the disease is curtailed as quickly as possible.
Like others, she put her life on the line that we all may live.
Unfortunately, we have not celebrated these heroines well enough - especially Nurse Justina Ejelonu and Mrs Ukoh who are equally as heroic as Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh - regardless of their social class…
August 2035: The story of Aminat Seidu, the daughter of the former governor of Kogi State, who rescued nine girls from the den of kidnappers was received with wide-spread jubilation and appreciation. As it is our custom, her good deed was reported on all media spectrum, spread by social media enthusiasts, and was deliberately propagated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It, however, became clear three days after the news broke out that while Aminat was busy setting the girls free, a brave teenage boy, Audu, was busy distracting the kidnappers with jokes; yes, jokes!
In her search for the girls, Aminat met Audu, a resident of the village, who showed her the place the girls were been kept and promised to distract the kidnappers with his jokes. Though confident of his humour, he knew quite well that using it as a bait was a suicide strategy. Fortunately, he left barely two minutes before the kidnappers discovered what had happened.
Audu’s heroic act was made known by Aminat, who insisted that though Audu may not have a network of friends - like hers - who could spread his good deed, he is even more of a hero than her.
Consequently, President Eze directed that a street be named after Audu in Abuja, and he was given a life scholarship award to study in schools of his choice.
Wednesday, August 22, 2035
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