Personal Testimony of Man Who Escaped Church Building Collapse In Akwa Ibom State But Friend Next To Him Died
Kenneth Friday Ukpe
Still trying to phantom what went down today. Firstly I thank God for hiding me under the chair and for helping a few people inside the disaster that would have be avoided, if you ask me the devil is not to be blamed. I had passed by the Church building 4 times this pas week and I saw the roofing while been coupled and I was troubled in my spirit seeing the poor and cheap looking work going on. I never knew I would be there to witness the calamity.
I woke up this morning not feeling like going for the event but had to go because my principal was sure to be there. I entered the facility through the window close to the alter with late Ernest Idem, asking him is there anything I can help you with, he smiled at me and said no we are good. I sat on the 3rd line from my principal still staring at the roof without pillars and pondering what was supporting the spider web like roof irons that had half the covered with aluminium zinc and the backside uncompleted.
We stood up the His Excellency to take his seat and I gave the green sit cover of His Excellency to Ernest to hold. I was seated on the plastic chairs but when there where to many empty seats behind the governor I pleaded with a few commissioners to leave where they where at the right to the front left, I left the plastic chair and moved to the iron golden with red material chairs admiring the chairs I turned to Ernest and said come over here he smiled again and said no I am good here.
The pastor called for offering and my brother Aniekeme Finbarr Ukpong moderated the service and it was like a high mass and people where calm and somewhat cold. The raised the first song and I heard a noise like rain and I looked up the roof and there was no rain and when the changed the song and the tempo of the song rose and people stood up and my usual self stood up to dance as I usually do, like a sandstorm and whole roof came rushing down on us and I pushed the Chair of the commissioner that sat in my front and he fell flat on the ground and I lay flat under the iron Chairit too. only saying Jesus help me. And He did as I came out from the rubble without a scratch just the shock and pictures I still savor in my head.
I lay and saw my Governor whisks out and then turned to the commissioner and said lay still you are unharmed. Then we tried and pulled out the Chief Press Secretary who had a broken left leg. Its been a black Saturday. I am grateful Heaven saved me, but my joy would have been complete if my brother Ernest Idem made it