DIED SAVING OTHERS. A reflection on the death of Sr Henrietta Alokha, SSH.
Fr A.N. Abiagom, CM.
Came online a while ago, the news of the explosion at Abule Odo near Festac flashed my eyes. Saddened at the report of another pipeline explosion as it is often assumed, the death notification of Sr Henrietta moved me to putting down this note of appreciation to a beautiful soul.
Until her death, a Principal at the Bethlehem Girls’ College who did not flee at the explosion but remained to seeing to the safety of the students put under her motherly care. Report has it that she died after rescuing her students without being able to rescue herself. What kind of love was that? The love of the gospel which lays down its life for others.
Sr Henrietta, when you woke this morning, neither you nor your students saw the explosion coming. You could have all vacated the premises before the Sunday became black on you. Life is filled with surprises that keeps us wondering either in joy or in sorrow.
That heart that thought first of the others before itself in the face of death, will ever be remembered from this day onward. Good night to a beautiful soul.
Rest in peace.