….Marks 60th birthday
Retired Customs officer, Mrs. Meg Otsu, JP, has called on the federal government to intensify its efforts in the fight against crime, especially on the highways.
Mrs. Otsu, who spoke with Cornerstone news during her 60th birthday at her residence in Obawole Estate, Iju, Lagos, said: “Today is the happiest day of my life. I have been marking my birthday every year but today is a special one. I am using this opportunity to give glory to God for saving me from the hands of Fulani herdsmen who wanted to take my life and that of my family members, my husband Chris and my two children.
“We were going home for the Christmas celebration on December 22, 2017. The journey was smooth. My husband was driving, I was in the passenger seat in the front, while my two children were seating behind us in the car. After the Benthe in Bypass, we were on our way to Auchi, heading to Afuze, when I sighted some armed herdsmen and I quickly alerted my husband, who stopped and reversed the vehicle, trying to make a detour, but he was too late as the herdsmen started firing at us. My husband started using reverse until a bullet hit me in my head and I passed out. I didn’t know what happened after that, until about five days later when I came out of the coma.
“My husband narrated how he managed to drive like the popular actor, James Bond and rushed me to the hospital. The doctor told me that the pellets pieced my flesh but did not penetrate the skull. He extracted some pellets from my head and near my right eye. Medical experts are still puzzled over the mystery of my survival; they explained that my survival was divine intervention as there was no reason for me to survive. I still have two pellets in my head, but the doctor said they are in a safe position.
“My survival is attributed to God the Father, Son, Holy Ghost and Mother Mary. I don’t go to native doctors, as one person claimed. I was armed with my rosary and the image of Mother Mary during the attack. My enemies did not rejoice over my misery. God saved me from the claws of death. I saw death and I conquered death. I died and resurrected.
“I am a Catholic and I will remain a Catholic till I die. People said that the Catholic Church is a dead church, but they are ignorant because there is God in the Church. Our Mother Mary is constantly interceding for us. I glorify God the today because I would have been dead. I am dancing to the glory of God, because today is my Christmas and New Year, as I did not celebrate the last fiestas.”
On his part, her husband, Chris Otsu, said: “It was an experience that I won’t wish my enemies. My wife passed out and I thought she was dead. I can’t still understand how I drove the vehicle in reverse for about two kilometers before I was able to make it with the drive. In fact, God drove the vehicle for me. I was just there but the Holy Spirit took over the wheel. I thought that it was over but God said it was not over for my family. To God be the glory. I wish my wife a happy birthday, long life and good health.”
During the celebrations, the Otsus’ premises was a beehive of people from all walks of life who came to rejoice with her for her victory over death. Two Reverend Fathers from Society of Saint Paul, Iju, Rev. Father Jackson
and Martins Obasi, Dr. K. Oleforo, Dr. Okechukwu Okeafor, Mr. and Mrs. Chibundu, senior police officers, Customs officers, military top brass and many prominent Nigerians came to rejoice with the Otsus.
Philomena Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.