A few days after a Zambian pastor reportedly died of starvation while embarking on a 30-days fasting, a senior secondary one (SSS1) student of Ishieke secondary school in Ebonyi State, Ikechukwu Okeh, has been hospitalized at FETHA 1 in Abakaliki, the state capital, after surviving 41 days and 41 nights dry fasting.
According to a Facebook post by one Felix Nonso, the student who is from Ebiaji in Ezza North LGA of the state, decided to embark on the fasting ‘due to family problems, including constant spiritual attacks, family afflictions and other academic and financial problems.’
Nonso narrated that apart from seeking assistance from both the government and private individuals, the mother told interested journalists that what the boy ever wanted in life was to become a Reverend Father, ‘but there was no one to assist him since he was a boy.’
“Fasting has been his part of life, though he has never embarked on dry fasting. He was still reading his Bible while being administered to by the doctors Engr. Peter Edeh called to attend to him.
All thanks to God who preserved him for 41 days and nights dry fasting. I want to enjoin you who have the heart of assistance to ensure this boy end up in theology school,” the mother was quoted as saying.
In a comment, a former Commissioner for Education in the state, Engr. Peter Edeh, who is incidentally an old boy of the school, said he had mobilized others to make sure that the boy is treated in the hospital.
“He is unable to speak, but arrangements have been made to take him to the hospital. His mother, a widow, is with him now. On a notepad beside him, he listed some of his problems which include constant spiritual attacks, family afflictions, and other academic and financial problems.”
The post, however, has attracted divergent views, as many people disagreed on whether the spiritual venture was worth the health risk, blaming and praising him accordingly.
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