Ahamefule Chime, Onitsha
An Onitsha based transport mogul and chairman, GUO Group of Companies, Chief Sir. Godwin Okeke has revealed that it was the solemn prayers of the Anambra State Blind Students Association that compelled God to lead the arrest of his abductors about four years ago.
Chief Okeke made the startling revelation on the weekend at Christ the King (CKC) Onitsha auditorium during this year’s seminar of Anambra State Blind Students’ Association in Onitsha.
The transport mogul who was abducted by kidnappers a few years ago while returning home from a Church Service at All Saints Anglican Church, Onitsha, stated to the surprise of the audience that he had decided to invest his wealth in humanity as evidence has shown that it was a worthwhile investment.
He remarked that as soon as he was released by his abductors after days of horrifying experience, some blind students whom he had personally supported both financially and otherwise trooped to his GRA residence, Onitsha to show solidarity and offered fervent prayers to God for the arrest of his abductors.
Chief Okeke observed that such prayers of the less-privileged and the deprived was essentially what led to the mysterious arrest of all his abductors by the security agents.
He reiterated his desire to continue to support the blind students as long as his ability could carry.
Earlier in the seminar, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, commended the blind students for their comportment in thriving to carve a bright future for themselves.
In a speech a representative of an Enugu based Non Governmental Organization, BINA Foundation, Mrs. Chikwendu who represented the founder of the NGO, Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu said that the foundation has passion for the blind which necessitated the establishment of skill acquisition centre which train people on bakery, computer education, fashion designing among others.
In their separate speeches, the President, Anambra State Blind Students Association, Mr. Emeka Ataka and the Vice President, Ernest Okammelu thanked the participants for attending the event, stressing that blindness was not a situation that should attract pity, but encouragement to be useful people in the society.