Dr. Betty Edu, the Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, has come to the rescue of two boys aged about 3 years old, following a Kerosene explosion during the Leboku Festival in Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of the state which left them deeply affected.
“Why do I have this feeling that as I wake up and pray to God to direct my path, he just directs me straight to people who have real problems instead of where people are making money hmm!
“OK, for whatever reason I decided to take a street I never use to take… And there was this mother rolling on the ground, in the middle of the road (I almost ran over her) calling on God for help! Of course there was a crowd of wailers, sand flying in the air everywhere, soapy water flying from all angles and two small boys emerging from the crowd, white; sand on their heads; looking like ghost with their skin dripping off their body. It immediately dawned on me that my day was about to take another dimension (my Leboku dancing gone).
“Well, your guess is as good as mine, that was how the drama started! A poor mother who had no food to give the children went across the road to borrow kerosene and indomie to prepare for her small boys (Abasifreke & Abasikanke). She got home emptied the kerosene from bottle into the stove, by this time the hungry twin boys were all over her crying for food. Just one strike of the match stick and an explosion occurred she couldn’t see her sons again… All she saw was fire running (her twin boys covered in fire). She alerted God who she acknowledged saved the boys even when they were born prematurely at 7 months. She called her neighbours and the crowd came to her rescue to stop the flames.
“I had to carry the wailing highly devastated mother, some neighbours and the Two boys to the hospital and do the needful!”
She also warn those dealers who put petrol into kerosene because it is cheaper, since they want to make quick money. “God is watching, the blood of the innocent people you kill daily will surely cry out to God. Your greed will consume you!” Betta Edu said.
Currently, the boys and their mum are in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), where they are receiving treatment. Thanks to Betta Edu, who’s taken that responsibility upon her shoulders.