By Egbe Attah, Otukpo
It was celebration galore in Ijigban District of Ado Local Government of Benue State recently, as people from all walks of life, converged on the ancient town of Ijigban to celebrate with Dr Patrick Onumah, a son of the land who recently survived an assassination attempt.
Speaking at the event, a younger brother to the celebrant, and House of Representatives Member for Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo, Dr Francis
Agbo, said he was full of joy and cannot thank God enough who saved his elder brother from the hands of assassins.
He stressed that, those who did not mean well for his family thought his brother was dead after the attack on him last year, but, God brought him out from the hands of his attackers. The lawmaker added that, by that marvellous act, his adversaries had been put to shame.
Also Member, representing Oju/Obi Federal Constituency, Samson Okwu, said the celebration was most appropriate as God had spared Dr Patrick Onumah, whom he referred to as a good man.
He called on everyone to emulate the exemplary and philanthropic life of Onumah, so as to have the mercy of God in time of trials. He described the celebrant’s younger brother, Francis, as a bosom friend and outstanding legislator.
Among other speakers, the Chairman of Ogbadibo Local Government, Samuel Onuh, expressed gratitude to God for what he had done in the life of the university don.
Onuh said that Dr Onumah is a man of impeccable character and that was the reason God spared his life so as to continue with his good works.
He further described the performance of Francis Agbo in the green chamber as excellent and urged the constituents to continue to support him politically.
Dr Patrick Onumah, who in his expression of joy, thanked God for saving him from the assassins’ bullets called on the people to be at peace with their neighbours and God at all times, as death could come any moment. He narrated how he was attacked by armed robbers last January and was down for a long time, before God revived him.
The University of Jos lecturer, thanked everyone, especially, Francis Agbo and others for their efforts towards his recovery, even as he re-dedicated his life to the service of God and man.
The Voice reports that, the event was a carnival-like atmosphere, as the Ijigban and their visitors in their colourful outing, sang, clapped and danced to the glory of God for saving the life of the man whom they described as one of the finest sons of the land.